Links to related sites
Instead of listing every watch related website I could find, I
have carefully selected the following links to be the ones that I
think will be the most useful to you. Many of these links take
you to large sites that have many informative web pages. They
are well worth exploring.
Table of Contents
Where to get help:
Other sources on the Elgin Watch Company:
Other sources on the city of Elgin Illinois:
Where to get watch and clock information:
Histories and information on other watch companies:
Where to get your watch fixed:
Where to buy books on watches:
Where to buy watch parts and tools:
Other watch related stuff:
There are quite a few "Bulletin Board Systems (BBS)" or "message
boards" on the Internet where you can post questions, and usually
get very good answers from other people.
TimeZone Vintage BBS
- A great source of information on vintage wrist watches,
and sometimes pocket watches.
Broadarrow Military Watch Forum
- The best source for information on military watches.
American Watch Co Pocket Watch BBS
- Forums for everything from the general basics to research on specific
brands, such as the
Watches Mailing List Information
- Discussions of all types of watches, both new and old, wrist
watches and pocket watches.
Clocks Mailing List Information
- The clocks mailing list is a very active, with many very
- History of Elgin Watches
- This forum is dedicated to just Elgin watches.
Elgin: An American History
- Online versions of E. C. Alft's excellent books on
Elgin. While this book is really about Elgin the City, it
also contains a great deal of information about the Watch Company.
Mike's Clock Clinic
- An early history of the Elgin National Watch Company.
Making the (Railroad) Grade: The 19j B.W. Raymond
- A wonder article on Railroad grade pocket watches. It
shows how a 19 jeweled BWRaymond works. The pictures are great!
Tom McIntyre's Elgins
- Tom collects lots of nice watches, this is some of his
- A collector of Elgin watches.
Elgin Watch Time
- History of the Elgin National Watch Company.
Elgin National Industries
- The company that Elgin National Watch Company evolved
into after it stopped making watches.
- When Elgin was making watches, they used a observatory
to precisely determine the time. This observatory is
still around and run by the Elgin school district.
- A more detailed description of the Elgin observatory.
- Online versions of E. C. Alft's two excellent books on
Elgin. Fantastic sources of information on all things
related to Elgin.
City of Elgin Home Page
- The Official website for Elgin Illinois.
Elgin History via Postcards
- A nice "tour" of Elgin via old post cards, with nice
write-ups on each one.
Elgin Area Historical Society
- Lots of great links to Elgin History.
- Gail Borden Library
- Elgin's library. The
Views of Old Elgin
picture collection is highly recommended.
- The National Association of Watch and Clock
- Information about watches and how they work. The "Learning
Zone" is a great introduction to mechanical watches. The
"Watch Talk" forums have interesting conversations.
- British Horological Institute
- The Open Directory Project
- The ODP has the largest list of websites categorized in the
world. The topics most closely related to horology are:
Reference: Time Information on time in general. A good starting point for horology topics.
Recreation: Clock and Watch Informational and collector sites.
Shopping: Clock and Watch Buying and selling of antique and vintage items.
Shopping: Clock and Watch: Repair Watchmaker and clockmaker websites.
- A very nice list of other Internet sites about new and
- American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute
- The NAWCC chapter 174 Pocket horology site.
- Barry S. Goldberg's Pocket Watch Information
- Barry has written a introductory book on pocket watches
and has placed large extracts of this book on his website.
There is slightly more information about Waltham watches than others,
but it covers everything from Swiss and English watches to Elgins.
As Time Goes By
- A good source of general information on pocket watches.
Clock Repair Information
- Mark Headrick has created a long list of very nice articles
on watches and clocks. I especially recommend his drawings
of various watch and clock
escapements in motion.
The Gruen Watch Company
- Paul Schliesser's wonderful website on the Gruen watch. One
day I hope my Elgin website looks this nice.
Mike's Clock Clinic
- Histories of many different watch companies.
- Barry S. Goldberg's Pocket Watch Collection
- Histories and example watches from many different watch
companies, but with special emphasis on the American Waltham
- Tom McIntyre's Pocket Watch Collection
- Histories and example watches from many different watch companies.
Eli's Pocket Watches
- Information on many different watch companies.
- Origins of the Waltham Model 57
- Notes on the first machine made watches using
interchangeable parts. The Howard, Davis & Dennison Co. had to
reorganize at least 7 times, including into the Warren
Manufacturing and Boston Watch companies.
- Hamilton Watch History
- Tom Watkin's site on the history of Hamilton watches. Many
pictures of watches and vintage advertisements.
- Antique Vintage Watches
- Information about the Hamilton Watch Company, including
production year information.
- Interstate Time
- Information about the Illinois Watch Company.and the private
labelled watches made by all companies.
- The Accutron Watch Page
- A very complete website dedicated to the Bulova Accutron.
- Accutron History - As Told By Advertisements
- The Bulova Accutron, with its tuning fork timekeeper,
revolutionized the watch industry in the 1960's. Learn more
about these watches by how they were sold.
- Histories on Westclox, Telechron and New Haven Westinghouse clocks.
- Timexpo Museum
- The Timex Watch history
- The largest non-commercial resource on the Internet for
owners, collectors and enthusiasts of Omega and other fine
wristwatches. Detailed information you need from an truly
independent and honest perspective--with no bias from
commercial affiliations, advertisers, or for-profit
backers. Online since 1998.
- Zodiac Watches
- History and information on the Zodiac Watch
Company. Includes pictures and descriptions of many models and
- Oliver Mundy's The Watch Cabinet
- Illustration and descriptions of English, French, Swiss and
American pocket watches made between 1725 and 1908 together
with a glossary of technical terms, a chapter on
escapements and tables of English hallmarks.
- Watch repair FAQ
- See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about watch repair
for much more information about getting your watch fixed.
- Doug Sinclair
- Doug has
been fixing watches since he was 8 years old and his watchmaker
father taught him the trade and he fixes everything from the
smallest wrist watch to tower clocks.
- The Escapement
- Ed Ueberall is
one of the leading authorities on railroad watches, but he
fixes all kinds of vintage watches.
- The Accutron Watch Page.
- If you live closer to Australia you might want to consider
- Heart of America
- The best source for detailed information about
NAWCC gift shop
- Great place for clock and watch books.
- Adams Brown Company
- They have a large selection of books on clocks and watches.
- US Books
- Another large selection of books on clocks and watches.
- Arlington Books
- Yet Another large selection of books on clocks and watches.
Advanced Book Exchange
- A network of independent book sellers that lets you search
all of their book stores.
- Another network of independent book sellers that lets you search
all of their book stores.
- Greg Frauenhoff
- Greg has written books on Aurora, fredonia and peoria,
railroad watch standards, and railroad watch inspectors.
- Computerized database of pocket watch
serial number and grade information.
- A great source of used and new parts, tools and
- S. LaRose
- One of the largest and best watch and clock supply
- Frei & Borel
- Another very large watch and clock supply house.
- Jules Borel
- Yet another very large watch and clock supply house.
Requires you to register before you can view most of the website.
- Greg Frauenhoff
- Greg seems to be able to come up with all sorts of hard to
find pocket watch parts.
1600's watch reproduction
- Ian W. Wright's project to use period tools, techniques and
materials to create a watch like those found in the 1600's.
- A National Public Radio segment on Casey Jones. (Requires
a RealAudio player to listen to it.)
- Titled "Nailing Down The Exact Time"
- Time Flow Clock
- A really cool complex water clock at Europacenter, Berlin
Germany. Includes a picture of the clock and a java
simulator that you can see on your web browser.
- Really cool picture, but obviously not done by a watch
collector. I count at least four things wrong, what about you?