Classic watches, watchmaking, antique tools, history, vintage ephemera and more!

Learn about mechanical timepieces and how they work, the history of the American watch industry and especially all about the Elgin National Watch Company! Check back for new content daily.

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Manistee Pocketwatch

I'm currently working on a 16 size watch by the Manistee Watch Company. It's an interesting piece for several reasons. For one thing, the lower plate is actually two pieces, shown here, held together by three very short, wide screws. The minute wheel is fixed between them. Perhaps this made the parts simpler to machine? It's not clear. More on on this project later... These photos are taken before any work has been done.

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