Vintage Watch Tools

First, I have no idea why they call it a frog. I can only hope the Swiss of olde didn’t use actual frogs to polish metal since I can’t see that ending well for the frog. Either way I found this one with the parts fixture included. You often see these with holes or notches filed into them for polishing screws. Old watchmakers would have something to say about that I’m sure and no such abomination will be performed on this one.

So far it’s only been used for a setting spring for a Gruen/Aegler which was a clients watch, so no photo’s.

Black Polishing Frog

Black Polishing Frog

Black Polishing Frog

Black Polishing Frog

Black Polishing Frog

Black Polishing Frog

After cleaning and removing olde frog sweat. Since details of making these are sparse I’ll add photos with measurements of the individual pieces. This should help anyone who wishes to make one for themselves.

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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Dressing watch oilers

Dressing watch oilers

Many collectors come across the frustration of oiling early on and the cheap oilers offered for sale make the task even more difficult. The problem with cheap oilers is the manufacturing dies are rarely up to par creating a a .40mm or smaller tip required to properly load and dispense the amounts needed. This can be remedied in a few minutes with a staking set, sanding stick and buff when you know how.

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