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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Job Number 170042

 Here's some details of this watch's lever-setting mechanism, under the dial
This is a grade 367, 18 size, 21 jewels, made about 1911.  
A motor barrel of course... More about that here.

Both the upper and lower cap jewels on the balance staff are diamonds. This is the lower one, under the dial.

See more examples of Elgin's Father Time movements here.

More horological contents here.

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