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Elgin Grade 10, and An Interesting Dial
This one was made about 1887.
This particular watch would probably rightly be called a side-winder because it is a hunter case movement, placed in an open face case.
Hunter movements have the seconds dial at 90 degrees from the stem. Open face movements have the seconds dial at 180 degrees (opposite) the stem. This watch has had a dial installed with the number rotated 90 degrees from usual. As a result, 12 o'clock is at the stem, where it would normally be in an open face case. The seconds dial then locates at 3 o'clock.
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- Elgin Grade 59, Animated!
- New Feature!
- Elgin Grade 386 and a Creative Fix
- Greasy Roller
- Elgin Grade 288
- Dial Foot Pins
- Tighening a Key-Wind Pocketwatch Cannon Pinion
- Performance Upgrade
- Elgin Grade 50, Animation
- Elgin Grade 314
- The Elgin Watch Serial Number Site is Updated
- Elgin Grade 244, Three Fingered Bridge
- Elgin Grade 313
- Elgin Grade 92
- An 18 Size Hampden
- Elgin Grade 303
- Elgin Grade 29, Lady Elgin
- Elgin Grade 237
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- Elgin Grade 463
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- Elgin Movement Serial Numbers Look-up, Updating!
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