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Elgin Grade 141 and Jewel Replacement

This watch had a broken lower pallet jewel - broken right in half, and half was still there.  The third photo here shows the tool used to re-bevel in the jewel.

Yes, this is the old fashioned way...


 Here we can see the Swiss-style lever escapement in the upper part of the image.



This watch is a grade 141 Elgin. It is 18 size, 15 jewels, lever-set, made about 1896, in a very heavy nickle alloy case.



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