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Elgin Grade 212

This is a less common Elgin pocketwatch movement. It's a grade 212, 16 size, 7 jewels, made about 1904
The secondary serial number stamps on the major parts are prefixed with an 'X'.

This is a "Swing-out" case. There is no removable back. Instead the movement is mounted in a hinged ring that comes out from the front. Few joints in the case mean less dust getting inside.

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