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Elgin Grade 344, Fancy Dial

The grade 344 is a 12 size, 17 jewels movement.

This one was made about 1916, and includes a very special dial.  These dials are extra fragile and are rarly found in such good condition. 

It's worth mentioning that these dials are completely hand-made.  The inlay is hand done, one bit at a time, and the figures and lines are all hand painted by brush.

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