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  1. Another early Elgin on my workbench

    And hello again!
    Today I present you my newest buy - an old wreck that once used to be an Elgin watch:



    Or National Watch Co watch to be precise.
    The movement was out of the case, but the case looks original - correct period and correct screw mark placement on the rim. The watch had plenty of visible damage, and so it only reached $48 on eBay.
    Is that a bargain? Not in this state, ...
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  2. The Three Emperors' Corner - part six - grey as a socialist block of flats...

    What I state in the tilte is not entirely true anymore, as most of these are currently being refurbished and painted in nice, bright colors. Going back a decade and more, we had plenty of grey, ugly socialist blocks of flats. Not willing to start a discussion in topics ranging from economy, through sociology to general politics, laove them or hate them - they surely provided a loot of flats for people to live at reasonable cost.
    Actually, I grew up in one of those. And I have mixed feelings ...
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  3. Waltham, Mass. derby...

    An interesting (I hope) comparison today - I show two watches from the same city, yet from different makers - an American Waltham vs United States Waltham. Both 18 size, but foolishly I picked a... pendant set American Waltham, which either might make this post quite pointless, or even more interesting... I'll just see how it goes as I write...

    This watch:



    ...is a 15 jewel mid-grade ...
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  4. A trip to the end of pocket watch era - ELGIN 543 U-S-A

    And hello again

    The last Elgin small (12s and around) pocket watch I've shown was the Hulburd...



    I've brought it back to mention, that apart from it's low thickness and it's high quality, with it's overall design it was probably way ahead of it's times as well.
    Anyway, if you cross the genes of Hulburd with this other slim 12s...

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  5. A Marion struggle...

    Hi!
    This short post is about a watch I've been trying to restore since 2015.





    Here you can see it with the non original Elgin balance I made for it.
    The original balance was not there when I got this movement, and it's too nice to use for parts.
    In fact, damaged and somewhat polished, ...
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