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!

Elgin Grade 313

Here's a few photos of a grade 313, 16 size, Elgin pocketwatch.

This is a 15 jewel movement, this one made about 1910.

To beginning here is a bare lower plate (actually it already has a few dial-side items put in place).

These are the various parts of the winding/setting clutch mechanism, or "keyless works", so called because this watch winds and sets without a key.
Here are those same parts assembled and put in place.

Mainspring and arbor, wound into the barrel...

This is the whole train right up to the escapement.

Post a Comment

Click "Older Posts" just above for more, or use the archive links right here.

Blog Archive