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An interesting Legin Grade 174
PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2021 9:45 am Reply with quote
Dr. Jon
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One of my collecting interests is very good pendant watch movements so this Elgin 174 got my eye and some of my money.

It is in a very nice 14 K hunter case.

I have been cataloging my watches and I noticed that this watch has a non-magnetic balance spring.

It is looks to be from Elgin since it has their over coil design and there is no reason to beleive it to be a replacement.

The balance is not clear in the photo but it is standard bimetallic with arms indicating a friction staff.

It has a single roller escapement with not counterpoise.

Are all 174's equipped with non magnetic springs? Does any one have any knowledge or idea of why they did this?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2021 11:12 am Reply with quote
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Hi Jon,

Of those 6 or so ones I once owned they did not have the non mag hairspring.

Replacement or special order (?) I do not know.

Thanks for posting.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2021 12:19 pm Reply with quote
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Could be a later factory repair. This has been observed on early Hamiltons that went back to Lancaster for repair later in life too

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