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Elgin National Watch Company – Grade 155 – 16-Size, 17 Jewels, c.1897

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Elgin National Watch Company - Grade 155 - 16-Size, 17 Jewels, c.1897 - Movement Image
Elgin National Watch Company – Grade 155 – 16-Size, 17 Jewels, c.1897 – Movement Image

Often referred to by collectors as the “lacy doily” movements due to the pattern on the barrel wheel, this Grade 155 represents the pinnacle era of artisan finishing at the Elgin National Watch Company. After the turn of the century, trends dictated more simplistic markings and damaskeening patterns as focus shifted towards the style of the dial and case. This Grade 155 features 17 ruby jewels in gold settings and is adjusted to position, temperature, and isochronism. The movement sold for $40.00 when introduced in 1896, approximately $1,200 in today’s economy.⠀

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