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Elgin Grade 150, Animation

This is an Elgin grade 150, a grade sometimes marked "Father Time" or simply "150".  

This one is unnamed, but it is the 21 jewel version.  It's railroad grade and one of the best watches of it's time. It's always nice to see one of these.

This example was made about 1896.


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