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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!

Database Update

I've just finished rolling out a month's worth of changes to the Elgin serial number database!


I have decided to do this monthly. During the month, I update an internal version of the website that I use, then update everything in one go while switching the server target in the router. This way there's no chance of anyone seeing anything strange while the update is in progress.

There are a couple of database changes in the wristwatch ranges, and quite a few new pictures, but no code of page format changes.

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