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Elgin's Last Dial?

This dial was found in Elgin, Illinois, together with a number of other unique items related to the factory. Is this Elgin watch dial the last dial made by the company, or what was left of it?

There was pretty much nothing left of this, one of America's greatest industrial operations, by 1968. It is possible that some part still operated though. There were watches being assembled, and repaired, in 1968, and perhaps just a bit later.

If anyone knows anything about this and can shed any light on the very last days of the company, we'd love to hear from you!



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