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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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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!

Waltham 1899 model

This is an American Waltham 16 size movement, 15 jewels, 1899 model, grade 620. 

This is a good view of the "shipper" mechanism a lot of Walthams have for their "keyless works". When a pusher inside the winding arbor moves in and out, a clutch is activated changing to either turn the winding parts, or the setting parts.

Here are some images showing the serial number stamps on this 16 size Waltham pocketwatch; on the top plate, under the bottom plate, under the balance cock, and under the pallet bridge.








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