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 413

This is Elgin's grade 413, 3/0 size, 7 jewels, made about 1915

Cased, the watch didn't sound right dial up. Turns out that the balance wheel barely touches the edge for part of the case, when dial up, during part of its motion. You never know what you will find...

The case is damaged. It was hinged, but the hinge is broken. The back still snaps in place securely anyway.

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