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Elgin 353, "The Atlantic"

This one is an Elgin private label. The movement is an Elgin product, but the dial are marked "The Atlantic, N. Gamse, New York". Watch companies made private label products for large retailers and other special customers.

The movement is Elgin's grade 353, 18 size, 17 jewels, made about 1907

This is a high quality lever-set movement also found in G.M. Wheeler and Overland versions.

The private label markings are on both the movement and the dial.

A wonderful timepiece!

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