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Elgin Grade 455

Many higher end vintage watch include remarkable finish work, even on surfaces that are covered up when the watch is assembled. Here the entire base plate, including all recesses, are finished. No one but the watchmaker would ever see most of this.
This movement is Elgin's grade 455. It is a 16 size, 19 jewel, design, made about 1918



Here's a dial repair, before and after. This type of repair is far from perfect, but it looks much better. And it helps prevent the problem from growing larger.

There is a small chip near the 7, in the joint were the three pieces of these double-sunk dial come together.




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