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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Waltham 1883 model

Here's a nice Waltham 18 size, 17 jewel, 1883 model, with a double sunk dial, in an open face case, 20 year gold filled.

Note the old-style English lever escapement. The pallet is arranged tangential to the escape wheel.

These are Braguet style hands, which are always a nice plus on American watches. There look great and are relatively unusual.

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