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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!

More Auto Awesome

Another Google+ auto-awesome photo!

Auto Awesome

Google+'s "auto awesome" photo feature at work...

Balance Wheel Truing Calipers

Once a new staff is riveted to the balance wheel, this tool is used to true the balance round and flat.

My Elgin's Alright


I received an email about an interesting painting...

This painting is either a prototype for a well known Elgin advertising postcard, from the late 1930s, or the painting is made from the postcard image.  At any rate there seen to be a connection.

Here's the painting, and the postcard.

Has anyone ever seen this painting, or one like it, before?

Address Change Again

The ISP changed my IP address, again, at some point, probably overnight.  I just reset the DNS.  The Elgin serial number site will be available again within a few minutes as the change propagates.

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

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