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Scientific Elgin

From The American Horologist magazine, March 1938

Scientific Elgin

Elgin starts a new series of advertisements dealing with their Scientific methods of constructing watches. It will aid our readers greatly to study these ads and use the material contained therein when explaining how accuracy in small Elgins are attained with the least amount of human error.

Know the merchandise you service and sell and explain it to the customer. 

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