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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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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!

New for 2013!

I just pre-ordered a new watch price guide for 2013.  It is coming out in February.  I have been using a 2010 edition, so it's about time.  I highly recommend this book, not just for prices but for the extensive information it includes about antique watches, their history, the technology, the terminology and much more.


You can pick up older editions at a discount and they are just as useful as a new one in most cases.
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