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Elgin Grade 349, "No 349"

The grade 349 Elgin is a high-end model. It's an 18 size, 21 jewel, movement often marked "Father Time".  They are also found however, maked as this one is "No 349".

This private label watch was made about 1908. The dial is marked "Howell Bros". 


Private label watches were special orders made for important dealers of others. They are label either on the movement or the dial, or both, with some unique name.  This is usually the name of a jewelry dealer.

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