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Elgin Grade 478

This is Elgin's grade 478, a 16 size, 21 jewel, railroad grade movement, made about 1926

It's also a B. W. Raymond named movement, a name Elgin used throughout its history for higher end products.

Benjamin Wright Raymond served twice served as mayor of Chicago, Illinois for the Whig Party. He was a prominent developer and investor in Illinois and was one of the founders of the National Watch Company, which later changed its name to the Elgin National Watch company.




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