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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 Standard

Manufacturer: Ball - Waltham
Movement Serial Number: B257523
Grade: Official Standard
Model: 1899
Estimated Production Year: 1915
Size: 16s
Jewels: 21j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
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Verifications & Observations

  • October 2, 2019:
    Serial Number B258881 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • August 31, 2019:
    Serial Number B257604 was reported as accurate
  • August 10, 2019:
    Serial Number B255355 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1912 to 1915
  • August 3, 2019:
    Serial Number B255355 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1912 to 1915
  • April 22, 2019:
    Serial Number B256930 was reported as accurate
  • April 9, 2019:
    Serial Number B256930 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Watch is 19 jewels
  • February 27, 2019:
    Serial Number B256792 was reported as accurate
  • February 23, 2019:
    Serial Number B257891 was reported as accurate
  • January 28, 2019:
    Serial Number B256792 was reported as accurate
  • January 2, 2019:
    Serial Number B258025 was reported as accurate
  • December 19, 2018:
    Serial Number B255178 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1912 to 1915
  • November 29, 2018:
    Serial Number B257788 was reported as accurate
  • May 7, 2018:
    Serial Number B256359 was reported as accurate
  • March 29, 2018:
    Serial Number B255696 was reported as accurate
  • March 14, 2018:
    Serial Number B256462 was reported as accurate
  • January 27, 2018:
    Serial Number B258247 was reported as accurate
  • December 24, 2017:
    Serial Number B258654 was reported as accurate
  • October 31, 2017:
    Serial Number B257581 was reported as accurate
  • October 1, 2017:
    Serial Number B258895 was reported as accurate
  • September 27, 2017:
    Serial Number B258895 was reported as accurate
  • September 22, 2017:
    Serial Number B255176 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1912 to 1915
  • September 2, 2017:
    Serial Number B255629 was reported as accurate
  • July 11, 2017:
    Serial Number B255712 was reported as accurate
  • July 11, 2017:
    Serial Number B255712 was reported as accurate
  • July 11, 2017:
    Serial Number B255712 was reported as accurate
  • July 11, 2017:
    Serial Number B255712 was reported as accurate
  • May 25, 2017:
    Serial Number B257991 was reported as accurate
  • May 2, 2017:
    Serial Number B256478 was reported as accurate
  • March 22, 2017:
    Serial Number B258165 was reported as accurate
  • March 5, 2017:
    Serial Number B255586 was reported as accurate
  • January 6, 2017:
    Serial Number B257313 was reported as accurate
  • December 10, 2016:
    Serial Number B258467 was reported as accurate
  • September 8, 2016:
    Serial Number B256359 was reported as accurate
  • August 19, 2016:
    Serial Number B255850 was reported as accurate
  • June 10, 2016:
    Serial Number B256018 was reported as accurate
  • May 4, 2016:
    Serial Number B257353 was reported as accurate
  • May 4, 2016:
    Serial Number B257353 was reported as accurate
  • March 11, 2016:
    Serial Number B257618 was reported as accurate
  • February 10, 2016:
    Serial Number B255419 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1912 to 1915
  • January 16, 2016:
    Serial Number B257356 was reported as accurate
  • January 13, 2016:
    Serial Number B257356 was reported as accurate
  • December 21, 2015:
    Serial Number B256345 was reported as accurate
  • October 20, 2015:
    Serial Number B256950 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 19 jewels
  • October 11, 2015:
    Serial Number B256994 was reported as accurate
  • August 28, 2015:
    Serial Number B257927 was reported as accurate
  • August 25, 2015:
    Serial Number B256994 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 19 jewek on plate..... blfe diall
  • August 13, 2015:
    Serial Number B256668 was reported as accurate
  • July 24, 2015:
    Serial Number B258177 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • June 30, 2015:
    Serial Number B257910 was reported as accurate
  • April 26, 2015:
    Serial Number B257565 was reported as accurate
  • December 26, 2014:
    Serial Number B257941 was reported as accurate
  • December 14, 2014:
    Serial Number B256056 was reported as accurate
  • December 14, 2014:
    Serial Number B258804 was reported as accurate
  • December 14, 2014:
    Serial Number B258804 was reported as accurate
  • December 14, 2014:
    Serial Number B258804 was reported as accurate
  • October 12, 2014:
    Serial Number B256603 was reported as accurate
  • October 10, 2014:
    Serial Number B257013 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: this one has 19 jewels on plate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • July 26, 2014:
    Serial Number B257999 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • July 23, 2014:
    Serial Number B257357 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 19 jewels
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • July 22, 2014:
    Serial Number B257886 was reported as accurate
  • July 18, 2014:
    Serial Number B257999 was reported as accurate
  • March 9, 2014:
    Serial Number B258740 was reported as accurate
  • January 29, 2014:
    Serial Number B255280 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1912 to 1915
  • January 21, 2014:
    Serial Number B258740 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: PLATE SAYS 19 JEWELS,NOT 21 AS LISTED
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • January 15, 2014:
    Serial Number B258740 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 19 JEWELS IS LISTED ON THE MOVEMENT,NOT 21 ,AS
    YOUR REPORT STATES.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • November 30, 2013:
    Serial Number B257751 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • November 11, 2013:
    Serial Number B258884 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 19J
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • October 9, 2013:
    Serial Number B257890 was reported as accurate
  • October 7, 2013:
    Serial Number B255806 was reported as accurate
  • July 18, 2013:
    Serial Number B256478 was reported as accurate
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