• May 4 2009
    • 4 May 2009

    Longines’ World War Two Pilot’s Wristwatch

    This Longines’ World War Two Pilot’s Wristwatch, with a Wheem’s aircraft navigational calculation bezel, is an early and quite rare Longines Aircraft Navigation watch. This […]

    • Mar 11 2009
    • 11 Mar 2009

    A Short History of the Wristwatch

    The first fully portable timepieces began to appear in the early 1500s, but they were so inaccurate, they only needed one hand: for the hours. […]

    • Dec 29 2008
    • 29 Dec 2008

    Early 20th Century Prestige Watches

    The early 20th century saw fierce competition among American watch companies. Every watch company in the country produced a “top of the line” watch, of […]

    • Dec 27 2008
    • 27 Dec 2008

    LeCoultre Atmospheric Perpetual Clock

    For centuries, many scientists—including Leonardo da Vinci—had experimented with the idea of a Perpetual Motion mechanical devise. The energy to power such a devise is […]

    • Dec 19 2008
    • 19 Dec 2008

    Boston Watch Co. Dennison Howard and Davis

    The early watch manufacturers didn’t do things consistently or exactly in series. The Boston Watch Company—the granddaddy of all American watch companies—is particularly annoying in […]

    • Nov 17 2008
    • 17 Nov 2008

    THE HAMILTON WATCH CO.

    The Hamilton Watch Company came into existence in 1892. The name Hamilton was selected to honor Andrew Hamilton, original owner of the site of Lancaster. Hamilton was granted the land by William Penn’s heirs and is credited with founding the city of Lancaster with his son James.

    • Nov 17 2008
    • 17 Nov 2008

    Jacob Custer Watchmaker, Norristown, Pa.

    Jacob D. Custer (1805-1872) is an important name in American horology, he is best known for his clocks which he made in Norristown, Pa. beginning in the early 1830s.

    • Nov 7 2008
    • 7 Nov 2008

    THE ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO.

    Elgin National Watch Company was founded in 1864, right as the Civil War was coming to an end. The first watch Elgin made, an 18-sized B.W. Raymond railroad grade watch, was finished in 1867, and over the course of the next 100 years, it went on to produce about 60 million watches. Elgin produced its first wristwatch around 1910, leading most other American watch companies by many years.

    • Nov 4 2008
    • 4 Nov 2008

    THE WATCH THAT MADE THE DOLLAR FAMOUS

    The Ingersoll Watch Company is famous for two things. In its early incarnation, it produced the ubiquitous “dollar watch,” and several decades later made the equally ubiquitous Mickey Mouse watch, which actually saved the then-financially shaky company.

    • Oct 31 2008
    • 31 Oct 2008

    THE ROLEX COSMOGRAPH

    Amongst the various complications popular in contemporary wristwatches, the chronograph offers a most practical function in a broad spectrum of situations.