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!

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!

Elgin Watch Database

I've added a few new parts categories, a few new images, and a new feature to the Elgin serial numbers website.

You can now click on the additional images, where I have some, to get a full size version. Some of these are pretty big, but the it's a good way to see details if you're looking for the differences between Elgin watch grades.

It keeps getting slowly better.  I made a couple small data corrections yesterday also.
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