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Elgin Grade 97
This is the older, English style, tangential escapement. Elgin and other American makes used this design in earlier watches, but soon transitioned to the more stable Swiss style, perpendicular, pallet arrangement which remains the type used in most mechanical watches to this day.
The watch is an Elgin grade 97, 18 size, 7 jewels, made about 1888.
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