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Elgin Grade 141

Elgin's grade 141 is not terribly rare, but this is an interesting one.  The case is huge! This grade is an 18 size, 15 jewels, and so is often a big and heavy watch as it is. But this example, made about 1896, is even larger than normal, with a thick beveled crystal to add even more heft. 

Unscrewing the bezel to set this monster of a watch (it is lever-set) seems to take forever!

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