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!

There are some large images on some posts, so that might impact your load times, bit I think you will find it worth the wait. Thanks for visiting!


I created an Ello account. I'm not sure what I will use it for, if anything, at this time, but it seems worth exploring.


New Arrival

In for service...


A watch owner sent me this photo of the box a watch arrived in. The watch was fine.

This is really exceptional though. I don't think I have seen anything like this in the over 10 years I've been shipping watches.

I send and receive multiple packages every week. Normally USPS does an exceptional job in my experience.

New Arrival

This Waltham is one of the last in the queue for 2017.

It's missing a crystal (aren't they all?) but likely I found one (one and only one) in my remaining inventory. Hunter crystals are vanishing from the world. I wish I could impress on people just how fragile they are. They are literally like eggshells.

Hunter cases, with a front cover, are not more durable than open face cases, quite the opposite in fact.

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