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An Unusual Elgin Grade 58

This Elgin is a "private label" watch, made at the factory with custom branding.  This was done for larger retailers or those otherwise with deep enough pockets for special orders.

This private label is extremely unusual having a skeletonized balance cock that, from the engraving work, was almost definitely made at the Elgin factory.


The watch is a grade 58.  It's an 18 size movement, 15 jewels, made about 1873.
The dial and the movement are both marked "Howland & Hayden".

 Learn more about your Elgin watch, look up Elgin serial numbers here.
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