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Job Number 160295

First, here are some "before" images of this watch project, an 18/0 size Elgin wristwatch. This watch actually does run. These photos show why an old watch needs to be cleaned, regardless.

Here's the mainspring winder I use for small ones. It's part of a set.

View the whole album for this project here:
https://goo.gl/photos/KCxr2igsETA1p3Lk8

Have questions about antique watches, or have one to show off? Try the Vintage Watches Community, right here:
https://plus.google.com/communities/105032863651771032397 


I replaced the upper 4th wheel jewel, later, after going ahead with the initial assembly. Here's the chipped one and the replacement, with the screws.

Here are some images of the watchmakers marks on the inside of the back. One is unusually long and in a nice lettering that looks like handwriting. More about watchmakers marks here:
http://elgintime.blogspot.com/search/label/Watchmakers%27%20Marks


This watch is an Elgin grade 483, 18/0 size, 17 jewels, made about 1934

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