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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.

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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Job Number 170048

This watch is a grade 290, 16 size, 7 jewels, made about 1914.

Here's a look at the secondary serial number stamps on the underside of the pallet bridge (Elgin called this part a bridge, a cock is probably more technically correct? Since it does not anchor on both sides of the pivot...).

See the whole album for this project here.

Much more here.


Even More New Arrivals

Four more in for service, including a Burlington, which you don't see everyday...

Click "Older Posts" just above for more, or use the archive links right here.

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