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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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Sea Water

Here's a 6 size Elgin, grade 286, 7 jewels, made about 1910.

It turned out rather well considering it went through Hurricane Rita in 2005. The rust was severe. The sleeve and stem for example, were essentially fused solid, as was the mainspring.

Amazingly, the balance staff and hairspring where intact.


Elgin Advertising, 1907


The watch by which the hour-to-hour progress of this remarkable age is timed.

Used by men of action - women of initiative - people who don't stop.

An ELGIN WATCH is the favorite of the punctual - a companion of ideal habits.  Grades differ - prices differ, according to jewels and metals.

The G. M. WHEELER GRADE ELGIN is moderate in price, with a fame earned by years of service.

"The Watch that's Made for the Majority."

Adjusted to temperature - with 17 jewels and micrometric regulator.

ELGINS of equal grade and reasonable price for women - desirable new models.

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