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Elgin Grade 10

This grade 10 Elgin movement was made about 1888.

It is a large, heavy, 18 size, 11 jewel, lever-setting movement.  

There's a lot of drama in carrying a watch like this, but honestly, they as so big and heavy they'll put holes in your pockets in no time.  Originally watches like this would most likely be carried in a leather pouch.
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