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Based in Massachusetts, Tom can be reached via his website, American Watch Company Web, which is a member of our Hall of Fame.I got interested in clocks in 1967, and I started collecting watches fairly seriously in the early ‘80s. Pocket watches are a little bit more manageable, and in some ways more interesting, too.In theory, this should all be transparent to everyone and there should be zero downtime.If things don't go well, you might have problems connecting for a while, but rest assured that I'll try and fix any problems ASAP.The company that everybody calls Elgin was originally the National Watch Company. It’s almost like the American League and the National League in baseball. At that time there was nobody manufacturing pocket watches like we manufacture automobiles and appliances and various other things today. An individual would sit down and work on pieces of metal until they had built all the pieces for a watch.The Hamilton Pocket Watch Co started its long life way back in 1874, then known as the Adams & Perry Watch Manufacturing Co. The company made the decision to concentrate its efforts on making a standard 18 size watch after producing about 1,000 of the earlier pieces, which were about a 19S.How to Open a Watch Case While opening a watch isn't rocket science, a watch can be damaged if you try to open it incorrectly. I find using my finger nail to be quite effective and it is soft enough to not scratch a watch case.If you really aren't sure what to do, take it to one of your local jewelers and ask them to show you how to open it.
Elgin engineers built their own Observatory to maintain scientifically precise times in their watches.The 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.(The "movement" is also sometimes called the "watch works".) Important!Measuring the dial is usually a fair approximation of the lower plate measurement.
Tom Mc Intyre talks about antique pocket watches, discussing key manufacturers, the mechanics behind the watches, the varying types, and the collecting hobby in general.They got into a trademark dispute with another company that started building watches in Waltham, so they wanted to protect that name, and I think that is the main reason. couldn’t really be protected as a brand name because America was the country.