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Elgin Grade 303

The Elgin grade 303, 12 size sold workhouse. It is an 7 jewel movement, this example made about 1921 is a typical style for the time. 

12 size watches are very for modern clothing, and this type of Elgin remains simple to repair and find parts for.

If you are looking for a good type of watch for occasional use, the grade 303 is a good choice. 

Here are more examples!

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