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Job Number 170012

This one is a nice watch, in great condition. It's another example of an Elgin 3-fingered bridge model, made about 1892.

More about this grade here.

Here is the train bridge - one piece designed to look like three. The secondary serial number stamp and prefix is notable here too.
 Here is the train bridge in place.

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