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Elgin Grade 315, Masonic Dial

I've been seeing these masonic dials lately.  I'm not sure where they are coming from, but I don't believe they are old.

The Elgin grade 315 is a popular 12 size, 15 jewel, movement with a micro-regulator and gold jewel bezels.  This example was made about 1927.


This watch has been fitted with a masonic dial, and the hands appear to have been painted metallic blue.  Actual bluing of hands is done by heating and cooling the steel just right.  The open-faced case is spectacular, and overall it's a nice look with a contemporary appeal.

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