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The Elgin Pocketwatch Database - Now Faster and More Data Too!

The Elgin serial number look up site now not only has watch features and production history, but also a pretty significant parts facility.  First look up a serial number, then look for the "parts information" link on the main serial number information page. 

This information isn't complete, but it will grow as time goes on.  There's more to come.  I expect the data isn't 100%, but the listing for mainsprings, hairsprings and balance staffs should be pretty good!

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