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Elgin Grade 70

The grade 70 is an 18 size movement, with 15 and 17 jewel variations.

This fine example, in an amazing gold hunter case, was made about 1889.   It is a 15 jewel version (the center wheel is a plain baring).
 Note the micro-regulatator, and blued screws, including at the jewel bezels.
Here's a detail showing the lever-set mechanism under the dial.  Here the lever is pulled out for setting mode.
These fancy dials with inlay work are very rare in such good condition, especially in size 18,

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