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An Early Elgin, Grade 69, Part 1

Here we have an Elgin with a very low serial number, a very early watch definitely in the very first batch produced at the factory. The first serial number used for the first watch produced by the then National Watch Company was 101.

This one is a grade 69 B. W. Raymond model, 18 size, 15 jewels, key-wind and key-set made in 1867.  

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