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Elgin Grade 303, 8 Sided

The grade 303 was a popular and reliable movement. Elgin sold a lot of these and we see them pretty commonly today. It is a 12 size movement, 7 jewels. This one, made about 1918, features a less common case style, octagonal, and a gold toned dial. 

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