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An Elgin Grade 345, with a Catholic Dial

Lately, I have been seeing watches on eBay with newly made dials featuring various types of symbols, particularly Masonic. These are not old. But there were people that did customize their watches. I have seen a number of examples, and the hand painted Catholic decorations on this watch are typical.

The paint is pretty worn as it is not "baked in" like the dial's usual markings. This is typical also, especially if the watch has spent any time at all with its crystal missing.

The grade 345 is a 12 size, 17 jewel movement, this watch was made about 1916.
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