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Old 07-02-2013, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just inherited my grandfathers pocket watches and decided to do a little research on them. They are Elgins One was made in 1911 the other in 1938.

The 1938 model which I remember him carrying still runs. The 1911 model doesn't. It probably needs cleaning.Being almost 40 years old before I was born the watch probably needed repair long before I arrived.

Anyway doing some research I found a story of the Elgin watch manufacturing and although it is a long read the story was mesmerizing especially if you have a machinist background but a general interest in "how it's made" is all that is required. It is filled with humor and sayings of the day (1867). I am not sure I would have the knowledge to build a watch.These people were truly master craftsmen and craftswomen

The Elgin Pocket Watch
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's great stuff.

Mechanical time pieces and sewing machines, especially the older ones, are among the most wonderful human contrivances.

A pity we have largely forgotten the importance of quality these days. The world would be far better if all things made in it were made to be worthy of it.
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I for one love watches, those intricate, expensive, or rare ones. While I own very few simple watches, I hardly wear them. I like to marvel at the craftsmanship more than anything.
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Pocket watches are cool. I found it extremely interesting to learn that early American watches are actually considered to be the more desirable ones because they were more accurate.
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