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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!

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Current Elgin Watches

Now and then I get an email about new Elgin watches.  It's usually someone wanting to obtain a link for a watch bracelet, or other repair.


The Elgin National Watch Company went completely out of business in 1968, after 100 years of operation.  Since then the name has been used by a variety of watch and clock manufacturers, with no connection at all to the original operation.  Current Elgin watches are, as far as I know, Chinese-made by a company called MZ Berger.



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