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.

Although this is technically a blog, the content is not generally in a time-based sequence. You can find interesting items throughout. Down the page some is an alphabetical word cloud of keywords used here. A great way to dig in is to look through those topics and click anything you find interesting. You'll see all the relevant content.

Here are a few of my favorites!

There are some large images on some posts, so that might impact your load times, bit I think you will find it worth the wait. Thanks for visiting!

The Elgin Pocketwatch Serial Numbers Lookup Page

Reports of the page's demise are greatly exaggerated.

There was an interruption in domain name resolution overnight for my Elgin movement number lookup page (it didn't take long for folks to notice either).  The name resolution is via dyndns.com, and for some reason the host was dropped.  I set it again, but I also added a "home" host to my real domain at elgintime.com.  Now this URL work also:


This nicer looking URL is not at the mercy of dyndns.com, but it remains at the mercy of the ISP.  If the IP address changes, I have to update the DNS configuration.

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