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.

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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!

Database Updated

I just did a significant database update on the watch serial number site! The site is finally going to start having a lot more data on later Elgin movements, from the 1960s, that previously was not available. It's early yet, and only a small about of new information is there now, and it may be incorrect in places. But it's a start. It will improve quickly.

I don't like to do this major update very frequently because it knocks the thing off line for quite a while, but it's up now.

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