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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.
Here are a few of my favorites!
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Elgin Grade 214
The movement is a great example of one of Elgin's Veritas models.
These are among the best watches of their time.
Find more examples here.
There's a lot of extra finish work on this movement.
This movement has all the bells and whistles, including a motor barrel. One of the three upper screws for the barrel has been replaced with this one that has the incorrect thread and also the head is beveled on the underside. These screws are really small and I suspect watchmakers lose them. I has seen them missing or replaced many times on these watches. I replaced this screw with a correct one.
More about the motor barrel here.
Here is an image showing the setting lever mechanism on the dial side.
Here the lever is pulled out causing the clutch to slide in toward the middle of the movement where it engages with the setting wheels.
It would be nice to put these two images in one post but the "classic" Google+ interface can't do that anymore, while the new interface can not create this post as a link the the album.
- Job Number 170025
- New Arrivals
- Elgin Grade 214
- Job Number 170015
- Elgin Grade 221
- Waltham 1894 Model
- Job Number 170014
- Railroad Time Service Officials Meet
- Elgin Grade 453
- Job Number 170012
- Alarm Clock Restrictions Revoked
- Reduction In Tariffs Ruinous To American Industry
- Platinum Still Restricted
- Import of Swiss Watches
- Railroad Watches Released
- Watchmakers Sweep Floors
- Job Number 170004
- Job Number 170010
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