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Now Testing

Both these two took a few extra days on the bench to get close to right and improve the rate. Smaller Elgins pocketwatches are very touchy and delicate. But now they're both in last testing steps - running for several days in various positions.

It is interesting to have two watches so similar at the same time. These watches are Elgin grades 94 and 95. Whatever the difference between the movements is, it was not obvious and I didn't notice. The cases are different, but both are gold and hunter style. The general condition of the watches, overall, is pretty much identical.

Job numbers 160004 and 160006...

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