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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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William Ellery

William Ellery watches were made by what was to become the American Watch Company, and later the Waltham Watch Company. These are extremely early attempts at mass manufacture and parts interchangeability, dating to the era of the American Civil War.

William Ellery the man was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.


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