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Elgin Grade 320

This is a great example of Elgin's grade 320. It is a 0 size, 7 jewel movement made about 1905

These movements are found cased as both pocketwatches and early wristwatches.
This watch's serial number begins with "111", and the prefix on the underside of the balance cock looks more like three lines.

These hand done inlay dials are fragile and often cracked, mostly due to over tightened dial foot screws. This one is in excellent shape!

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