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!

Serial Number Database Update

The Elgin serial number look-up site is updating today. There are new images, a few data corrections and some technical changes to improve performance on mobile. A couple of bugs have been fixed including one that caused parts not to be listed on the watch parts page when the part was unique to a given watch. Also, images of individual watch parts will be (slowly) starting to appear on the parts listings.


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