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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Elgin Grade 10

This is another large watch, an Elgin grade 10, 18 size, 11 jewels, made about 1886.  

It also another project that require no special repairs to get the watch running nicely.

Here is a shot of the lever setting mechanism on the dial side. Pulling out the lever from under the edge of the dial moves a gear from the winding side to engage an the minute wheel. Turning the crown then, rather than winding, turns the hands direct.

Here is the setting lever, at 5:00.

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