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Elgin Grade 492

Many antique watches include interesting engravings, often denoting special presentations or occations.  This grade 292 Elgin, made about 1926, is a good example.

This is a 16 size, 7 jewel, model.

The hunter case, is very good condition, is 10k solid gold, and looks barely used.

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