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Elgin Grade 521

This Elgin grade 521 is a ladies watch movement, 21/0 size, 15 jewels.

This watch was made about 1938. Around that time smaller and smaller movements where made. Small size was equated with better technology at the time. They want a bit too far by the late '40s and '50s. Many tiny ladies watches from that era are impractically fragile and had to receive frequent service to stay running.

These have to be handled with great care. A slight breeze can damage the hairspring.

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