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Elgin Grade 27

Here is a nice Elgin grade 27, 18 size, 15 jewels, B.W. Raymond model. It was made about 1888



Here are a couple of details of the lever-set mechanism. The lever pulls out from under the dial to engage setting. This was generally a requirement of railroad grade watches, so as to avoid accidental re-setting of the time.


The balance cock screw is a replacement. The threading is completely shot in the plate and so someone used this screw with coarser threads. It's not holding on 100% itself, but it should be OK. I looked around for a better replacement, but the hole in the cock itself does not allow for a larger diameter screw.
The crown is more modern. It was probably put in the '40s or even '50s. But that's OK.

The double-sunk dial completes a great looking watch!


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