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Now Testing

Railroad grade watches have dark and heavy hands, and large Arabic numerals. They are also typically lever setting, as this one is.
There are several types of pocketwatch cases, but one of the most common open-face types has three parts. There is a front bezel with the crystal, a middle ring that holds the movement, and a back. The front and back tread on to the middle part.
Now testing for a few days, job number 160026.

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