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Elgin Grade 207

The Elgin grade 207 is a large, 18 size, 7 jewel and lever-set pocketwatch movement.

This example features a fancy gold inlay dial and gold hands.  It was made about 1901.

It's rare to see these dials without some cracking, especially in the large size, which are rare anyway.




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