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Elgin Grade 455, Animation

Here are the lower balance jewels from this 16 size Elgin pocketwatch, uninstalled for cleaning.  There's the pivot or hole jewel, the cap jewel and the two screws that hold the bezel in place.
Here are the jewels installed, from the dial side of the main plate.
This B. W. Raymond grade is 16 size and 19 jewels.  It features some extra fancy finishing work, and a micro regulator.

This particular watch was made about 1919.

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