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.

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With surprising frequency, I receive watches in pieces. I just can not grasp this. People that have never opened the hood of a car would not go out to the driveway one Saturday afternoon and attempt to overhaul the transmission.

And yet people do exactly this with watches all the time! I'd encourage anyone interested to learn more about mechanical watches. It's fascinating stuff, and certainly the basics are not exactly rocket science. But folks... you can not "just figure it out". Please don't wreck your family heirlooms.

Check here for some resources, including some good books on the subject:

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