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Elgin Grade 70, Fancy Dial

They don't get much more impressive than this.

This is an Elgin grade 70.  It's a large, 18 size, movement made in 15 and 17 jewel configurations.  

This one, made about 1881, has a fantastic silver hunter case and a fancy inlay dial.  It's very unusual to see an 18 size dial of this type in great condition!

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