Saturday, July 26, 2014

Elgin Grade 345

This grade 345 Elgin is a 12 size, 17 jewel movement, made about 1925.

8 and 10 sided cases were popular at that time, for a more modern look.

A 16 Size Hamilton

This 16 size, 17 jewel Hamilton was made about 1907.

Very nice open face case and breguet hands on this one...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Elgin Watch Database

I've added a few new parts categories, a few new images, and a new feature to the Elgin serial numbers website.

You can now click on the additional images, where I have some, to get a full size version. Some of these are pretty big, but the it's a good way to see details if you're looking for the differences between Elgin watch grades.

It keeps getting slowly better.  I made a couple small data corrections yesterday also.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Elgin Grade 335, Animation

This Elgin grade 335 was made about 1910.

It's an 18 size, lever-set, 17 jewel movement.  Note the old style tangential lever escapement, also called an English lever.

Hairspring Tools

Here are a few tools I use for hairspring work - fixing kinks and bends and such.  A couple of those tools on the right have tiny square notches in the tips.

Hairsprings must be perfectly flat and even, and can not touch anywhere as they expand and contract.  And that included one loop to another.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hamilton Model 2

Here's some internal details on a nice Hamilton model 2.  It's a 16 size movement, with 17 jewels.

There's slightly less finishing work on this that some of the classic Hamiltons, but it's a solid design.

This one was made about 1912.




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Elgin Grade 344, Animation

The grade 344 from Elgin is a moderately higher end 12 size movement with 17 jewels.

This example was made about 1909.




Sunday, July 13, 2014

Elgin Grade 70

This grade, grade 70, is an example of the many irregularities that exist in Elgin records.  The is an 18 size movement, lever-set, made in 15 and 17 jewel versions. 

It is also found with both stem-wind and key-wind mechanisms, in the same movement.  Such movements are referred to as "transitional".

This one was made about 1874.

Elgin Grade 344

Elgin's grade 344 is a 12 size movement with 17 jewels.


This example, made about 1909, has a private label dial marked C. D. Peacock rather than Elgin.  Private label watches were factory made with alternate names for custom orders and large wholesale buyers.

Elgin Grade 210

This grade 210 Elgin is in a fantastic gold hunter case, in very good condition.

This is a 16 size, 7 jewel movement, made about 1900.