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!


Here it is, at long last, the 1,500th post to the elgintime blog!

There's a lot to read here, so feel free to take a minute and scan through the word cloud at the bottom of this page for anything that interests you, or just jump someplace using the archive links at the right!

Pictured here is one of my Grandfather's favorite watches. It's an Elgin, naturally.  A grade 62, 18 size, 15 jewels, made about 1870, in a stunning and heavy silver hunter case.
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