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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!

Updated Database

Another monthly update has been done at the Elgin watch serial number database. No software changes this time, but many new photos, data corrections and additional private label entries.

The later wristwatch data is almost entirely based on actual watches found. So if you see something incorrect in those higher ranges, let me know. Every actual watch recorded helps zero in on exactly where the serial number range boundaries are for the later grades.


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