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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Can't Get Parts for It?

"We can't get parts for it" is what they say when they don't want to do this sort of work.  Antiques are a specialty that require skill and equipment most shops don't have.

The Elgin company, once the largest of manufacturers, hasn't existed for almost 50 years, they can't just call up their normal suppliers and any get drop in replacement part needed.  It just doesn't work that way.
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