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Elgin Grade 70

The Elgin grade 70 is a large, 18 size, movement, made in both a 15 and 17 jewel version.  It is lever-set and stem-wind.

The dial has hand-paint Odd Fellows designs.  This is the second time I have seen a dial like this, with very similar additions.  The work is unfortunately not pristine.  It would seem that the watch has been knocking around without it's crystal and dial for awhile.

This example was made about 1889.

It was sent to a specialty shop for a bezel.  These generally have to be fabricated.

It's important to take extra care with hunting case watches (watches with a front cover, like this one).  Hunter cases are much more fragile than their open face counterparts.
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