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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!

My Watch Web Content

I've received a few questions and comments about where I post different types of things online, and what each type of site is.  Here's the run-down...

http://www.elgintime.com

At the moment this is really just one page in a Google Apps domain.  It's short, simple, and it has pointers to everything else.  Over time, I'd like to add more contents under this domain since it's low cost (free) and reliable hosting.  Whatever you're looking for in my antique watch material, this is a good place to start.

http://www.rdrop.com/~jsexton/watches/

The Agora server is where I've had web content for a very, very long time - some time in the early '90s I think.  There's various items there, much of which is almost as antique as the watches.  But this is where the static pages are.  There's information about watch history, the Elgin company, a vintage pocketwatch FAQ, technical information for watchmakers and more.

Google+
at https://plus.google.com/104405056094644812060/posts

This is the latest addition.  It's a big ugly URL, but you don't have to remember it.  I have added links to the page on the various other pages.

I like to use Google+ for quick photos of current work, and for links to watch related internet content that I find interesting and want to share.  The photos are quick, low resolution, pictures I take with my phone.  The Google+ software makes it quick and easy to post these photos online without much effort on my part, and without any serious interruption to what I'm doing.

I include job numbers with these images.  Folks that have sent me their watch know their number, so by checking the Google+ page, they can get some idea of where their project is in line.

I also post links on Google+ to most new ElginTime blog posts.

A few people have commented to me that the Google+ site wants them to create an account.  While it's true that Google would like everyone to create an account, and there is a giant red button at the top of the page to do so, it is not necessary to create an account to see the content.  Just scroll down.

If you don't have a Google account though, I'd encourage you to give Google+ a try.  It's a nice system.

http://home.elgintime.com

This only valid URL in this domain, so far is the Elgin serial number look up page here:

http://home.elgintime.com:8080/elgintime/SnumLookup

Use this page to look up a movement number and find out various bits of information about the watch.  As the URL implies, this service is in my home.

The ElginTime Blog
at http://elgintime.blogspot.com/

This blog goes back awhile now, so be sure to check out the archive links on the right-hand side.  On this blog there are mostly scaled down versions of the higher quality images I have taken of watches I have worked on, after they are completed.  There are also occasional longer posts and pointers on vintage watch topics, watchmaking, history, the Elgin National Watch Company, and more.

The big difference between this blog and the Google+ page is that the photos on the blog are the high quality images I take for watch owners after the work is complete.  I scale down the resolution for the blog posts, but they're still pretty good.  To get a closer look, you can click on any of these images and get a larger view.

Again, the best place to start is always http://www.elgintime.com.  That page has links to everything else.
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