Watch History

Marshall Watchmakers Lathe

Marshall Watchmakers Lathe


The C&E Marshall Company in Chicago Illinois bought/made and distributed watchmakers tools in the early to mid 1900’s You’ll see many examples of their tools on this site and just about any other that features watchmakers equipment. The most popular today would probably be their Staking Sets and Lathes as decades later these machines are still in use and running strong.

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Gruen Quadron

Alpina-Gruen Quadron cal 157 before restoration

Another one of the iconic Gruen models was advertised as pocket watch accuracy for the wrist. This again is an Alpina-Gruen partnership using the 157 calibre Quadron movement.

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Balance complete Holders

Balance complete Holders before restoration

Here’s one  of the seldom seen tools in the Vintage market place. I’m not sure why but I’ve only seen three sets of these in the last few years. Slotted for the arms a balance complete is put inside while you use a soft leather bow or a soft bristled brush and some rouge to polish the rim and screws. Of course they would be useless on three armed balances that came later but for keeping the hairspring and staff protected they are quite effective.

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