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Elgin Grade 214

This next watch is an Elgin grade 214, 18 size, 23 jewels, made about 1903

The movement is a great example of one of Elgin's Veritas models.
These are among the best watches of their time.

Find more examples here.

This is a 23 jewel watch; the barrel arbor is jeweled on both ends.
There's a lot of extra finish work on this movement.

 The rounded tops of the pallet jewels are sure a nice touch.
There is even a brushed finish on the top of the center wheel.
This view of the top of the mainspring barrel shows the three screws holding the ratchet wheel.
This movement has all the bells and whistles, including a motor barrel. One of the three upper screws for the barrel has been replaced with this one that has the incorrect thread and also the head is beveled on the underside. These screws are really small and I suspect watchmakers lose them. I has seen them missing or replaced many times on these watches. I replaced this screw with a correct one.

More about the motor barrel here.

Here is an image showing the setting lever mechanism on the dial side.

Here the lever is pulled out causing the clutch to slide in toward the middle of the movement where it engages with the setting wheels.
Here the lever is pushed in. The clutch moves out engage the beveled pinion, which winds the watch.

It would be nice to put these two images in one post but the "classic" Google+ interface can't do that anymore, while the new interface can not create this post as a link the the album.

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