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Elgin Grade 207

The Elgin grade 207 is a big and heavy 18 size, 7 jewel movement.

This example is in a striking silver hunting case.  The crown does not appear to be the original.  This one is a bit small. A case like this would likely have the large, round "onion" style crown.

This watch was made about 1904.

There is visible in this image of the back, a small screw in the neck of the case.  Some key-set and lever-set watches are found in a case where the stem does not snap in and out. The stem is held in place by the bottom of this small screw, which blocks a shoulder on the stem.  The stem can be removed by backing out the screw.

These screws, and the holes they thread into, are frequently in bad shape due to being made of soft metals, matching the case, such as silver and gold.

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