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Enter the serial number from the pocket watch movement below. Do not use the case number. Tips for looking up your watch

How to Find Info About Your Pocket Watch

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  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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TKuhns

Independence, MO

 Watches
31
 Verifications
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South Bend 281 #431806 Details

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281
16s
1
15j
Lever
Nickel
Goldfilled
Dueber Special
5943630
The screw back/bezel case has normal wear with a series of swirl, vine patterns, circular flower motifs and an uninitialed fancy-shaped frame
Enamel
Single-Sunk
Arabic
South Bend
This fancy dial is amazing, no hair lines or chips, it is signed "South Bend" at center. Black Arabic hour chapters are set against a white background which are trimmed with gold scalloped frames. The minutes are marked with gold and green dots and the outer perimeter of the dial is exquisitely detailed with a combination of gold and green vine and leaves.