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Elgin Grade 451

Elgin used a small handful of different minute wheel clamp designs. It is a simple part though, that does not move and really has no special requirements. I have always wonders why a part like this changed, ever.


This movement is an Elgin grade 451, a 19 jewel watch, made about 1926. This is a rather less common 12 size.




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