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Elgin Grade 315

There are a lot of Elgin grade 315 movements out there. It was a very successful design. This is a 12 size, 15 jewel, product. This one was made about 1923.

The metal "peacock" style dial here is in quite good condition. These dials are often found pitted and corroded.


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