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 70, Fancy Dial
This is an Elgin grade 70. It's a large, 18 size, movement made in 15 and 17 jewel configurations.
This one, made about 1881, has a fantastic silver hunter case and a fancy inlay dial. It's very unusual to see an 18 size dial of this type in great condition!
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