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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lever-set. It is not set by snapping out the crown. Instead a lever is pulled out from under the dial to engage setting. This image shows the lever extended.
Find more examples here.
Elgin didn't use this design for long.
This watch is an Elgin grade 70, 18 size, 15 jewels, made about 1892.
See the whole album for this project here.
This watch is Elgin's grade 248, 16 size, 15 jewels, made about 1902.
This is an Elgin grade 187, 12 size, 15 jewels, made about 1900.
See the complete album for this project here.
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