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Elgin Grade 33, And a Case Label

Up until well into the 1920s watch movements and cases were sold separately at shops.  A customer selected the movement they wanted, and picked out a case.  The jeweler or watchmaker would fit the movement and case at that time.

Cases had there own paper labels inside the back cover.  Occasionally they are still found in watches.  And this is one such example.

This Elgin grade 33 an a lever-set, 18 size, 15 jewel, movement, made about 1893.  It's in a nice 25 year gold-filled hunter case, near original condition, and includes "morning glory" hands.

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