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.

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Watch Parts Trays

Vintage glass furniture coasters for protecting floors under table legs and such are just about perfect for holding one or two watch parts for awhile while work is underway. They are a good size, easy to see into, easy to keep clean, and heavy enough to never get tipped over. Ideal...

I bought a couple at a garage sale a while ago and they've been extremely useful. Yesterday I happened upon a free box on the sidewalk with 8 or 10 of them. A lifetime supply, but it turns out these are still available.

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