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Elgin Grade 216

The Elgin grade 216 is a small 6 size, 15 jewel movement.

It's often found in a decorative hunting case like this one, made about 1904. 

With hunter cases, it is critical to press the crown in when closing it rather than "snapping" it shut.  Otherwise, the latch part quickly wears and the front will no longer stay closed.  In most instances this is unrepairable.  Hardly a week goes by that I am not asked about this trouble. 

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