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A sampling of some of the invaluable online resources out there that we have enjoyed:


 

INTRODUCTORY RESOURCES

New to pocket watch collecting?  Menu full of important information for beginners, including how to open a watch, what jewels are, recommended books, etc: https://pocketwatchdatabase.com/reference/how-to-lookup-a-pocket-watch

Pocket Watch 101 also contains a plethora of well-organized information: http://www.pocketwatchrepair.com/how-to/how-to-main.php

Easy to understand Pocket Watch Basicshttps://americantimekeeper.com/basics
An Advanced page regarding the mechanics of a watch, complete with a video: https://americantimekeeper.com/advanced
 


GENERAL WATCH LOOK-UP RESOURCES AND RESEARCH TOOLS

A remarkable tool to research most American pocket watches:
https://pocketwatchdatabase.com
(Please note that due to the extensive database here, some of the information is extrapolated from things that are known but have not been directly observed.  Always verify your information.)

An incredible tool for wristwatch research, as well as historical information (also known as the Pink Pages):
http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&2&2uswk
 
Jones & Horan's own sales archives: https://www.archive.jones-horan.com/  Prices and basic info can be had on items sold in auctions back to 1992, basic images and info is available on items from auctions 1996-2004, and full information and photos are available on lots in auctions from 2005 to the present.
 
 
 

ORGANIZATIONS FULL OF RESOURCES (SOME THROUGH MEMBERSHIP):

NAWCC, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, a community of watch and clock collectors with extensive records, research, education, venues for information exchange, etc:
https://nawcc.org
  
The Americal Watch & Clock Museum:
http://www.clockandwatchmuseum.org
 
Antiquarian Horological Society, with extensive research on the art and history of time measurement:
http://www.ahsoc.org

Since 1858, the British Horological Institute has been a source of news, education and more:
http://bhi.co.uk
 
Hodinkee, a robust online magazine featuring in-depth reviews, critiques, and reports on watches of particularly high quality:
https://www.hodinkee.com

Worn and Wound, for news and blogs on value-driven watches, the most beautifully-designed and well-crafted timepieces, regardless of price point:
https://wornandwound.com
 
Watches by SJX, Asia's leading journal dedicated to fine watchmaking, covering mainly wristwatches but with some focus on pocket watches:
https://watchesbysjx.com
 
Revolution Watch Magazine celebrates the craft, culture and joy of watches and watchmaking through a dozen international editions and its website:
https://www.revolution.watch
 
 

RESEARCH SPECIFIC TO A PARTICULAR WATCHMAKER OR BRAND:

The most complete source for Seth Thomas information out there:
https://seththomasresearch.com
 
A must-visit for Hamilton collectors:
http://hamilton.rrstd.com/Hamilton/Hamilton_Home.html
 
A handy Hamilton database - no membership needed!:
https://www.nawcc.org/research/company-records/hamilton-serial-number-search
This database includes Hamiltons Serial numbers from 1 to low 800,000s; it does not have serial numbers between low 800,000s and 3 millions. It also does include a lot of the alpha-numeric numbers like on 992B or 4992B, for example.
 
Resource for all things Elgin:
http://elginwatches.org
 
A worthy Waltham database - no membership needed:
http://nawccinfo.nawcc.org
 
A guide to Illinois Watch Co. size 12 watches:
http://www.illinoiswatchguide.com
 
 
A source for information about International Watch Co, IWC pocket watches:
 
Exhaustive resource on Glashutte watchmaking:
https://www.glashuetteuhren.de
 
Excellent research tool for Bulova wristwatches:
https://www.watchophilia.com
 
 
 
OTHER SITES HELPFUL TO HOROLOGICAL RESEARCH:
Extensive website on Hallmarks found on gold and silver cases, used to identify casemakers: https://www.silvermakersmarks.co.uk/index.htm
 
Digital image library of English table clock engravings, wonderful for authenticating these clocks:
 
 
 

RESOURCES FOR ACQUIRING PARTS AND/OR TOOLS:

Largest supply house for Hamilton marine and military material:
 
 
Great resource for watch parts and tools - just email Dave at dave@daveswatchparts.com to see if he has what you need:
 
 
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Location of LIVE auctions at The Hilton Doubletree Manchester Downtown Hotel (formerly Radisson)
https://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/index.html
 
 
Jones & Horan
453 Mast Rd, Goffstown, NH 03045
Tel: 603-623-5314
Fax: 603-626-5974
Email: auctions@jones-horan.com
          
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