Elgin watch dating
In addition to known and recognised makers, a surprising number of watch lathes have been discovered bereft of any identification.
Quite often, just a single example is found, examples being this interesting "portable" type, three unknown from the former East Germany and some with odd design features or a strange mix of specification quite at odds with more conventional types. and Reese. (Albert Froidevaux) Watch Tool Company & Zwingenberger (Unknown makers) (East German) (by Boley) In addition a number of unknown makes have been found, including the following - though some of which border on being the size of a small "bench precision" lathe: you own another unknown machine, please do contact the writer, below, the writer would be pleased to hear from you.
Also available have been slightly larger lathes with triangular-beds such as Glashutte, H.
Strube & Fils together with unknown makes from the former East Germany and, though they might be considered as being too large, an unknown model from France and the Dalgety. D., Van Norman, Wade, Waltham Machine Works, Weisser, Wolf Jahn and (though now very rare), Frederick Pearce, Ballou & Whitcombe, Sawyer Watch Tool Co., Engineering Appliances, Fenn-Sadler and the "Cosa Corporation of New York." While useful machines in a precision workshop, these are outside the scope of this article but further information can be found here.
Below is a set of links in the uk Machine Tool Archive to some makers of watch and instrument makers' lathes and their accessories - some common, like G. and cheaper imitations under his own label)Hardinge (Cataract) (USA)Hammel, Riglander & Co.
Bergeon is the only indigenous Swiss manufacture of watchmakers' lathes to have survived into the 21st century.
The motor can be bolted in place behind the headstock and driven by a special Swiss-made round belt that can be flipped easily from groove to grove, there being no need to make up the type of hinged countershaft that a larger lathe would need.
However, this is rarely a problem for the easiest and cheapest solution is to use either the motor from a sewing machine or, preferably, a proper "Parvalux" unit - the latter available in 1-phase, 3-phase and DC types with speed ranges spanning 0.2 to 10,000 r.p.m.
This is a long-established publication and, because most of these lathes were built along the same lines, and use almost identical accessories, the book is able to give instructions and guidance that applies to all types. Webster-designed lathe circa 1859/60)American Watch Tool Company (Webster-Whiitcomb improved-design lathe of 1889 - the WW model)Ames ((USA))ARS (France)J. Bradshaw (possibly just a dealer's marking)Bergeon (Swiss) Boley (German)Boley-Leinen (German)Boston Watch Company (C. Moseley-designed lathe circa 1858)Bottum (USA)Favorite (Swiss)Gem (Gem Glorious)Gentil (Star Lathes, Switzerland)George Adams (re-branded Boley and Lorch, etc. This situation was compounded by a number of parts and accessories being interchangeable between different makers - so it is entirely possible that a lathe has been "made up" from others, either casually over many years of ownership, or unscrupulously by a "dealer". However, it's very unlikely that the bed, headstock and tailstock will be from different manufacturers, but if they are, be wary. Lucie, Ontario, Vancouver, Tempe, Springfield, Lancaster, Eugene, Pembroke Pines, Salem, Cape Coral, Peoria, Sioux Falls, Springfield, Elk Grove, Rockford, Palmdale, Corona, Salinas, Pomona, Pasadena, Joliet, Paterson, Kansas City, Torrance, Syracuse, Bridgeport, Hayward, Fort Collins, Escondido, Lakewood, Naperville, Dayton, Hollywood, Sunnyvale, Alexandria, Mesquite, Hampton, Pasadena, Orange, Savannah, Cary, Fullerton, Warren, Clarksville, Mc Kinney, Mc Allen, New Haven, Sterling Heights, West Valley City, Columbia, Killeen, Topeka, Thousand Oaks, Cedar Rapids, Olathe, Elizabeth, Waco, Hartford, Visalia, Gainesville, Simi Valley, Stamford, Bellevue, Concord, Miramar, Coral Springs, Lafayette, Charleston, Carrollton, Roseville, Thornton, Beaumont, Allentown, Surprise, Evansville, Abilene, Frisco, Independence, Santa Clara, Springfield, Vallejo, Victorville, Athens, Peoria, Lansing, Ann Arbor, El Monte (Kalifornien, Denton, Berkeley, Provo, Downey, Midland, Norman, Waterbury, Costa Mesa, Inglewood, Manchester, Murfreesboro, Columbia, Elgin, Clearwater, Miami Gardens, Rochester, Pueblo, Lowell, Wilmington, Arvada, Ventura, Westminster, West Covina, Gresham, Fargo, Norwalk, Carlsbad, Fairfield, Cambridge, Wichita Falls, High Point, Billings, Green Bay, West Jordan, Richmond, Murrieta, Burbank, Palm Bay, Everett, Flint, Antioch, Erie, South Bend, Daly City, Centennial, Temecula New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San José, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Austin, Columbus, Fort Worth, Charlotte, Detroit, El Paso, Memphis, Baltimore, Boston, Seattle, Washington D.Although there are a number of designs and types of lathe intended for use by watchmakers, some dating back to the late 1700s and including specialised models - for example "fiddle" lathes, "steel turns", Jacot, Swiss, Swiss Universal (also called the English Mandrel) Bottum and Dracip - more modern examples can generally be divided into the lighter "Geneva" and heavier "WW" types. However, the "WW" (Webster-Whitcombe), is considered by many to be the more versatile of the two - and hence the more popular.