Elgintime Vintage Watches Serviced and Repaired

Jeff Sexton

This site is your source on vintage Elgin watches, and other vintage pocketwatches! Learn about how fine mechanical timepieces work, the history of the once mighty American watch industry, and all about your antique Elgin watch.


 Jeff's Elgintime Vintage Horological
Watches, watchmaking, watchmaking tools, history, vintage ephemera and more!

Follow along with watch repairs and projects on the bench
And for even more, connect with others by using the Vintage Watches community.  It covers watches, collecting, and history, as well as repair and restoration. Elgintime is also on Instagram!

 Interested in vintage pocketwatches, but not sure where to start?
Here is a collection of posts that will help! 

 Feeling lucky? Try assorted Links, for a grab bag!

 Watch repair, restoration and service 
Do you have an antique watch in need of work? Maybe I can help! I specialize in vintage American makes, particularly Elgin, but also Waltham, Hamilton, Hampton, Rockford, New York Standard and others.

If you just have any questions about your vintage watch, feel free email me and tell me about your watch, or request more information here!

Questions about a vintage timepiece? Be sure to check the Elgin FAQ.

 Elgin National Watch Company production records
Each American made Elgin movement (the "movement" is also sometimes called the "watch works") has a serial number, and Elgin left behind pretty good records of these. 

Find out how old your Elgin pocketwatch is. How many were made? How many jewels does your watch have?

You can look up Elgin watch serial numbers here.

This online database for the Elgin Watch Company can tell you a great deal of information about your watch, based on just the serial number off 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. 

Use this lo
okup page to learn about a vintage Elgin watch from the number on the movement. 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. 

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.

Where do watches live?

Strictly speaking Elgin didn't make clocks. Or did they?

 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.

There is also this older account of the very beginnings of the company here (written in 1888)

 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.
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.

 Elgintime Marketplace 
Here you'll find vintage watches, and other items, for sale! I don't maintain the list well though as I am most focused on repair and service of watches. So, if you are looking to buy something and have something particular in mind, it may be best to just email and see what I have on hand; jsexton@elgintime.com


Other Sites of Interest!

 Gruen Watches
 LB Men
 Simply Lora's Beauty

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