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.

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New Arrival

This new arrival was feared lost, but it appeared in the end. It took about 2 and a half weeks to get to me via USPS. The tracking shows a strange two week gap between leaving it's origin in Illinois and arriving in Portland. This is very unusual. I ship a lot of boxes to say the least, and have found USPS to be extremely reliable, with over a decade's worth of packages.

Read more about shipping watches here...
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