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This one is interesting because it is not listed, according to its serial number, as a three-finger bridge model, which it is, in the database.

This will require some research but it's a nice opportunity to make a correction to the data. Even after all the years, errors and exceptions are still discovered in the factory records.

Either this watch is not really the grade we think it is, or the grade is a bridged design not correctly identified as such.
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