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!

Complete Price Guide to Watches for 2016

The 2016 edition of this widely used guide to vintage watches is available for pre-order! This handy book includes more than just a price guide, it also has extensive introductory information on the care of antique timepieces, how things work, terminology, collecting, the history of watchmaking and more!

This book isn't expensive, and it answers a lot of questions. Check it out!

Also, older editions, from prior years, remain available at a reduced price. These are a great deal if you don't need the very latest updates to the valuations. For now at least, untill they're gone, Amazon lists them back to 2011.

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