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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.

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Illinois A. Lincoln

This Illinois pocketwatch  is an "A. Lincoln",  16 size, 21 jewels, model 9, made about 1917.

Here we see the ratchet wheel and click spring.

This is a typical broken mainspring. Fortunately I had a replacement on hand - but only one.

Vintage Illinois Watch Company products tend to be quite well made and go together nicely. Parts are scarce though.


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