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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!

Briefly... Searching for Watches

Here's a tip... If I have worked on your watch in the past, you'll have a job number. The job numbers I use are indexed by Google, and will come up nicely in Google searches. Note that when searching inside Google+, it defaults to "Best of", which may not show all the results for a job. If you change that to "Most recent", you'll see everything.

The Google Photo albums are all named with the make of the watch, and the serial number, or grade of there isn't a serial number. These are likewise indexed, and watch movement serial numbers will also come up in Google search results. These albums are public, but neither these, nor the job numbers are linked to any information about the watch owner.

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