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Job Number 170015

This is an example of Elgin's grade 390, 18 size, 21 jewels, made about 1911. It is a high grade B.W. Raymond model, railroad approved.
The upper barrel arbor on this watch (it has a motor barrel) has an unjeweled bezel that sits just like in the jeweled version of this assembly.

This shows the upper barrel arbor in place, which the barrel bridge installed.

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