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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Elgin Grade 109, Animated!

Here's some images of a grade 109 Elgin movement.  It's a 0 size, 7 jewels, piece made about 1897

These movements are usually found in hunter cases, as ladies watches. 

Occasionally they are also found in very early wristwatches. 

These animated GIFs are created automatically by Google+ when multiple images are uploaded of the same content.  I just use the burst mode on my Samsung Galaxy S3 phone, and off they go, pretty handy!

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