This is your source for service and repair of vintage Elgin pocketwatches! Learn about how fine mechanical timepieces work, the history of the once mighty American watch industry, and all about your antique Elgin watch.
Interested in vintage watches but not sure where to start? There's a series of posts at the Elgintime blog just for that. Take a look here.
What's inside a watch? Follow along with vintage watch repairs and service, click here!
There is also an Elgin FAQ that might help with general questions.
Projects On The Bench Right Now
Follow the elgintime pluspora for daily updates on vintage watches being serviced and repaired, here. Watches all have a job number, so if your watch is in the queue, you can check anytime to see what's currently being worked on. To see more, more than watches that is, my personal profile is here. The pluspora site does not require a login to browse so feel free.
The Elgin National Watch Company Production Records
Each American made Elgin movement (the "movement" is the "watch works" inside the case) has a serial number, and Elgin left behind pretty good records of these.
This online database for Elgin Watch Company products can tell you a great deal of information about your watch, based on the serial number of the movement, especially for older pocketwatches. The Elgin company is gone, but it left us with factory records of the ranges of the serial numbers engraved on their movements, and the attributes of the movements included in those production runs. The information includes the year, size, grade, jeweling, finish and more. Look up Elgin watch serial numbers here.The original information in the old records was loaded with exceptions, caveats and out right errors. I make corrections to the data available today online almost every month based on actual watches. There's a lot to do! For a rough idea, there's also a simpler table of the serial numbers and production years here, which shows the approximate year only. This information is much less refined, but will yield a good ballpark answer.
All about the Elgin National Watch Company
Learn about what was once one of the country's largest industrial concerns, and the special place in the history of American industrialization that this once mighty watch company occupies.
Don't miss the Elgintime Watch Museum
There is a little of everything here including photos, articles from early horological publications, vintage advertising, and of course lots of watches.
Strictly speaking Elgin didn't make clocks. Or did they?
Here is a mixed collection of references and historical information about vintage watches. Mostly Elgin is covered, but some other American watch companies are represented too.
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