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This is an 18 size, 7 jewel, Elgin grade 294.
The movement was made about 1909.
In those days, the customer would select a movement and a case separately at the point of retail. Even though the winding/setting moving parts were often part of the case, like on this one, the two businesses achieved a remarkable level of standardization of movements and case configurations, so that they mixed and matched quite well.
It's been having an issue with "over-banking". It takes a lot of tweaking and testing to get past that.
This site offer production data, technical information and much more given the serial number of your vintage Elgin pocketwatch movement. New information being is added all the time, check it out!
Cases for this type of movement are very hard to find.
The Elgin grade 95 is a 6 size, 7 jewel movement. This example was made about 1888.
You can find more information about this grade here: http://home.elgintime.com:8080/elgintime/GnumLookup?GR=303
There's more about Elgin watch grades here at the elgintime.com website:
This example was made about 1883.
Tangential and perpendicular refer to the orientation of the lever to the escape wheel.
There was a tooth broken off of the cannon pinion, visible here. That's a shame, those parts are getting hard to find.
This is an Elgin grade 345, a 12 size, 17 jewel movement. This example was made about 1920.
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- Elgin Grade 294, Animated
- Elgin Grade 294, Later
- Elgin Grade 294, and Old Oil and Dirt and Debris
- A Rusty Elgin Grade 303
- Elgin Grade 70, Transitional
- New Photos
- Waltham Vanguard
- Looking Up Elgin Movement Serial Numbers
- Elgin Grade 95, Animated
- Old Style Stems and Cases, Elgin Grade 95
- Waltham 1908 Model, Animated
- Elgin Grade 303
- Elgin Grade 288
- Elgin Grade 7
- Hairsprings and Grease Don't Mix
- Glass Chip, How Did That Happen?
- Elgin Grade 345, Greasy...
- Elgin Grade 317, Damaged
- Elgin Grade 345, Animation
- Elgin Grade 345, Broken Mainspring
- Beard Care
- Another 12 Size Waltham Animation
- 12 Size Waltham Animation
- Vintage Watch and Jewelry Monograms
- Elgin Grade 55
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