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  1. And another early Elgin :)

    Very early in fact!

    Yesterday I unpacked Fred's mail, despite my initial idea to wait for the case to arrive.
    No - I'm not THAT patient to wait. Having a No 558 Elgin in a box and not take a look? No, that's not me

    And now that it's unpacked... why not take a look inside?
    No way to wait, again!

    In the description, there was a slipping mainspring and gummy balance.
    Sounds very typical for an old movement and I admit the movement did look ...
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  2. 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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  3. 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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