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Elgin Grade 317, Damaged

There's a lot of damage in this Elgin grade 317.  There's quite a bit of rust, and all the dial feet are broken off. The feet are still in the base plate holes, secured by their screws.

Someone just pried the dial off by force?
This part is a part of the winding/setting mechanism, or "keyless works".  It's the "vibrating arm".

Here we see the broken part and a replacement.
 Of course there's also a broken mainspring.

This ratchet wheel has a missing tooth.  It was also in the watch upside down for some reason.

The balance staff and upper balance jewel also needed to be replaced, as did the 4th wheel, where the seconds hand rides.  The pivot where the seconds hand goes was broken off.

The grade 317 Elgin is a 15 jewel, 18 size movement.  This one was made about 1917.

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