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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.

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Are You a Watchmaker? Do you Work on Vintage?

I am frequently asked if I can recommend a watchmaker for jobs that I've placed outside what I want to take on.  I'm limiting myself to vintage American makes, and the range is getting more and more narrow.  It helps me keep the spare parts under control, and the work moving along.

Are there any watchmakers out there with specialties in other areas of vintage work that would be interested in having their contact information passed to potential customers, when I'm asked?  It would be mainly in the US, but I do get email from all over the world.  Feel free to contact me privately...  Thanks
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