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Elgin Grade 374

This detail shows the top of the motor barrel, without the barrel bridge. It's possible to see here how the top and inner walls of this type of barrel move separately from the outer wall where the teeth are.

See more examples here.

This is a high end Elgin, Father Timegrade 374, 16 size, 21 jewels, made about 1911





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