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Elgin Grade 162

This is a nice decorative touch that I don't recall ever seeing on an Elgin pocketwatch before. The tops of the pallet stones are rounded over and polished. Also notice the beveled edges of the fork itself, all extra steps done at the factory by hand.


These Elgins are sometimes called "bridged movements", for their three fingered bridge over the train wheels. The three fingers are actually one part.

These are interesting movements for their unique aesthetic. Find more examples here.

This case has a threaded cap over the sleeve. This is a higher end feature, not real common.

This is Elgin's grade 162, 16 size, 21 jewels, made about 1898. It definitely makes a statement today, as it did at the time.

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