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Elgin Grade 239, Veritas

This is Elgin's railroad grade Veritasgrade 239, 18 size, 21 jewels.

This one was made about 1900.

This one has some wear and tear, but Elgin's Veritas model is always a nice one to work on. These are one of 5 or 6 American pocketwatch designs represent the height of quality in their era.

This heavy hands and Arabic number markings are typical railroad requirements, as is the open face case. It was all about the importance of a watch being easy the read with one hand.

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