This movement was originally manufactured in 1911 by the Elgin National Watch Company just outside of Chicago. Elgin often used a depiction of Father Time in their logos and marketing, and the Father Time model was one of their most finely decorated movements made almost exclusively for use on the railroad.
18 size watches dominated the railroad grade (standard) watch market for many years, so the grade 374 was one of the earliest highly jeweled 16 size watches made for railroad use. The 374 was the first 16s watch to be marked with the Father Time model and production of the 374 ended in 1911.
This piece shows signs of gentle use and features radial Geneva stripes and damascening, 3/4 style nickel plated bridges, a circular graining pattern on the main plate, 21 precision cut jewels, gold jewel settings, a raised barrel arbor setting, gold gilt lettering, a Moseley regulator, and adjustment to 5 positions.
The blued steel, heavy, whipped-spade style hands point to large, bold, black, traditionally serifed Arabic numerals on the pristine condition, double sunken, original, white enamel dial. This movement is one of 11,000 grade 374 watches ever made.
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