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!

Hamilton Model 2

Here's a nice animation of a Hamilton lever-set, 16 size, 17 jewel, movement, model 2.

This example was made about 1909.

Note the gold-flashed screws and regulator, all intact!

Elgin Grade 261

Here's a Google auto-awesome image of an Elgin grade 261 pocketwatch.

This model is a 16 size, 7 jewel movement.

This example was made about 1918.

New Elgin Watches

Every now and then, I get an email about modern Elgin watches.

The Elgin company went completely out of business in 1968.  Since then the name has been owned and used by a variety of companies that have made clocks and watch.  These products have nothing to do with the original company however, and I can't help with them as I specialize in American antiques.

Today the Elgin name is owed by a Chinese company, MZ Berger Inc.  They seem to sell a lot of products through Walmart.

Elgin Grade 96

Here's an Elgin grade 96.  It's an 18 size, 7 jewel, lever-set movement, this one made about 1897.

Elgin Grade 309

The Elgin grade 309 is an older 18 size movement, with 7 jewels.  This example was made about 1907.

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