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Washington Liberty Bell

This is a Washington Watch Company, 6 size, 15 jewels, Liberty Bell model, made about 1905. Washington was a house brand made for Montgomery Ward's by the Illinois Watch Co.
The plate screws on this movement are interesting. They have been blued, then the heads polished. This leaves the body of the screw, and the inside of the slot dark, while the rest is shiny.

The finish and mechanical quality on this watch is quite good.

It's in a hunter case, 25 year gold filled.

Gold filled cases are commonly found marked 10 year, 15 year, 20 year or 25 year. This roughly refers to the thickness of the gold layer in the material and the number of year of use that can be expected before it wears through and the inner material shows.

Gold filled cased are very different from anything gold plated. Gold plated is much thinner, and would probably wear through in a matter of months.

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