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Elgin Grade 260

On this Elgin, there is an X with a dot as a prefix on the secondary serial numbers. Here it is on the underside of the balance cock.
This movement is an Elgin grade 260, 12 size, 15 jewels, made about 1904

This is something I don't think I have ever seen before, with vintage Elgins. There is a flaw in the engraving. The W in "Watch" is incompletely graved on its right side. I have seen plates incorrectly marked, wrong jewel counts in particular, but nothing like this.

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