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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Total Cost of Ownership

Occasionally, I am told that watch service and repair cast are high compared to what you can buy an old watch for.

According to Consumer Reports the median total cost of ownership of a car, in 2012, is $9,100 per year for the first five years.

That's $45,000, which can buy a pretty nice car. Is it odd that people buy, and then service, cars?

If you buy a "watch that runs" off eBay for $200, and get it serviced once in 5 years for $150 to $200, that's a bargain! Or if you don't get it serviced, maybe it will last 5 years before it stops running - like a car that never gets the oil changed.

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