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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: Official Standard

Manufactured by Waltham, Official Railroad Standard, Railroad Brotherhood Abbreviation, Mixed Run (17-Jewel and 19-Jewel Examples Reported)

Manufacturer: Ball - Waltham
Movement Serial Number: B209283
Grade: Official Standard
Model: 1899
Estimated Production Year: 1905
Size: 16s
Jewels: 19j    Mixed Run
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
Research Note: Mixed Run: 17-Jewel and 19-Jewel Examples Reported
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Verifications & Observations

  • September 16, 2019:
    Serial Number B208749 was reported as accurate
  • May 27, 2019:
    Serial Number B208765 was reported as accurate
  • March 6, 2019:
    Serial Number B208062 was reported as accurate
  • October 13, 2018:
    Serial Number B209332 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 19 jewels
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 19j
  • October 13, 2018:
    Serial Number B209332 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 19j
  • October 4, 2018:
    Serial Number B208860 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Stamped on plate 17 jewels
  • September 30, 2018:
    Serial Number B208033 was reported as accurate
  • September 27, 2018:
    Serial Number B208033 was reported as accurate
  • September 27, 2018:
    Serial Number B208033 was reported as accurate
  • September 2, 2018:
    Serial Number B208693 was reported as accurate
  • August 3, 2018:
    Serial Number B209389 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 17 jewels not 19
  • July 19, 2018:
    Serial Number B209832 was reported as accurate
  • June 28, 2018:
    Serial Number B209283 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 19 jewels, not 17.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 19j
  • June 28, 2018:
    Serial Number B209283 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 19j
  • March 10, 2018:
    Serial Number B208767 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 19j
  • February 13, 2018:
    Serial Number B209444 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 19j
  • October 25, 2017:
    Serial Number B209731 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This one, like TicTocDoc's, is 19J. Cheers.
    duffy l.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 19j
  • July 28, 2017:
    Serial Number B207655 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 19j
  • July 11, 2017:
    Serial Number B208860 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 19j
  • June 12, 2017:
    Serial Number B209832 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: My movement is actually a 19J not 17j.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 19j
  • March 5, 2017:
    Serial Number B209085 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 19j
  • January 17, 2017:
    Serial Number B208378 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 19j
  • January 16, 2017:
    Serial Number B208633 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 19j
  • January 14, 2017:
    Serial Number B208633 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 19j
  • September 10, 2016:
    Serial Number B207664 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 17 Jewels
  • May 1, 2016:
    Serial Number B208292 was reported as accurate
  • March 25, 2016:
    Serial Number B208641 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: The movement is 17 jewel, not 19
  • February 22, 2016:
    Serial Number B208477 was reported as accurate
  • February 16, 2016:
    Serial Number B208477 was reported as accurate
  • January 31, 2016:
    Serial Number B208269 was reported as accurate
  • January 20, 2016:
    Serial Number B209069 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 17 jewels
  • September 9, 2015:
    Serial Number B209526 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Sorry, Marked 17 Jewel
  • September 9, 2015:
    Serial Number B209526 was reported as accurate
  • July 26, 2015:
    Serial Number B208377 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: B208377 is a 17 jewel...
  • July 4, 2015:
    Serial Number B207507 was reported as accurate
  • June 27, 2015:
    Serial Number B208377 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Mine is a 17 jewel. Official standard. All else
    seems correct.
  • March 29, 2015:
    Serial Number B209706 was reported as accurate
  • March 22, 2015:
    Serial Number B208890 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • March 11, 2015:
    Serial Number B209667 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 17 jewels
  • January 24, 2015:
    Serial Number B209489 was reported as accurate
  • January 4, 2015:
    Serial Number B209128 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 17 Jewel
    BLF&E on movement.
  • September 27, 2014:
    Serial Number B208579 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: adjusted to 5 positions
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • September 27, 2014:
    Serial Number B208579 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: it is 17 jewels
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • August 11, 2014:
    Serial Number B207670 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: It's a 17j . On back of case it say Brotherhood
    railroad trainmen it's in nlue white and red. On
    the back of case it has the name J.J. Crotty. The
    case is made by TheSanta FE watch co case number
    is 6267862. My phone number is 254 245 6092.
    Steven
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • February 16, 2014:
    Serial Number B207550 was reported as accurate
  • February 16, 2014:
    Serial Number B207550 was reported as accurate
  • February 8, 2014:
    Serial Number B208311 was reported as accurate
  • January 10, 2014:
    Serial Number B208587 was reported as accurate
  • January 7, 2014:
    Serial Number B208587 was reported as accurate
  • January 4, 2014:
    Serial Number B208587 was reported as accurate
  • January 3, 2014:
    Serial Number B208587 was reported as accurate
  • October 19, 2013:
    Serial Number B208020 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Jewels 17
    3/4 plate
    adjusted 5 positions
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • July 15, 2013:
    Serial Number B208164 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: The movement is a 17 jewel instead of 19 jewel
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • June 22, 2013:
    Serial Number B209028 was reported as accurate
  • June 16, 2013:
    Serial Number B209312 was reported as accurate
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