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

Manufactured by Waltham, Commercial Standard, Mixed Run

Manufacturer: Ball - Waltham
Movement Serial Number: B261114
Grade: Commercial Standard
Model: 1899
Estimated Production Year: 1903
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
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Verifications & Observations

  • October 4, 2019:
    Serial Number B261275 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: B 261273 is marked “21 Jewels”
  • September 27, 2019:
    Serial Number B0261442 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from Official Standard to Commercial Standard
    Jewels changed from 19j to 17j
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
    Est. Production Year changed from 1918 to 1903
  • March 31, 2019:
    Serial Number B261114 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 21j adjusted official standard grade 16s
  • March 24, 2019:
    Serial Number B0261442 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: movement marked commercial standard
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from Official Standard to Commercial Standard
    Jewels changed from 19j to 17j
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
    Est. Production Year changed from 1918 to 1903
  • March 11, 2019:
    Serial Number B0261442 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from Official Standard to Commercial Standard
    Jewels changed from 19j to 17j
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
    Est. Production Year changed from 1918 to 1903
  • October 14, 2018:
    Serial Number B0261149 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 15 Jewels
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. If possible, please upload an image of the movement to your collection so we can take a closer look.
  • May 28, 2018:
    Serial Number B0261061 was reported as accurate
  • November 19, 2017:
    Serial Number B261005 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This watch is marked "21 Jewels". Not 17 Jewels.
  • July 30, 2017:
    Serial Number B261315 was reported as accurate
  • March 22, 2017:
    Serial Number B261441 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This movement is marked Official RR Standard
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from Official Standard to Commercial Standard
    Jewels changed from 19j to 17j
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
    Est. Production Year changed from 1918 to 1903
  • December 11, 2016:
    Serial Number B260812 was reported as accurate
  • September 9, 2016:
    Serial Number B0261420 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This movement is a commercial standard
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1918 to 1903
    Grade changed from Official Standard to Commercial Standard
    Jewels changed from 19j to 17j
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
  • September 6, 2016:
    Serial Number B0261367 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: lever to pendant
    not marked adjusted
    not railroad grade
  • August 30, 2016:
    Serial Number B260674 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This is on sale on eBay
    31 Aug 16 tuff_tuff01 seller
    19J Official Standard
  • August 6, 2016:
    Serial Number B0261474 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1918 to 1903
    Grade changed from Official Standard to Commercial Standard
    Jewels changed from 19j to 17j
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
  • August 6, 2016:
    Serial Number B0261474 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This movement is comical standard
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1918 to 1903
    Grade changed from Official Standard to Commercial Standard
    Jewels changed from 19j to 17j
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
  • May 8, 2016:
    Serial Number B261199 was reported as accurate
  • December 10, 2015:
    Serial Number B261168 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
  • December 8, 2015:
    Serial Number B260813 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This movement says official standard 19 jewels
    ,not commercial and not 17 jewels as database
    says.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • November 28, 2015:
    Serial Number B261123 was reported as accurate
  • November 13, 2015:
    Serial Number B0261446 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1918 to 1903
    Grade changed from Official Standard to Commercial Standard
    Jewels changed from 19j to 17j
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
  • October 22, 2015:
    Serial Number B0261446 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1918 to 1903
    Grade changed from Official Standard to Commercial Standard
    Jewels changed from 19j to 17j
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
  • July 20, 2015:
    Serial Number B261050 was reported as accurate
  • July 5, 2015:
    Serial Number B261293 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Official Standard, 5 positions, 21 Jewels
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • May 13, 2015:
    Serial Number B260570 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: My Ball Ser. B260570 says on the movement Official
    RR grade, 19 jewels.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • March 30, 2015:
    Serial Number B0261452 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1918 to 1903
    Grade changed from Official Standard to Commercial Standard
    Jewels changed from 19j to 17j
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
  • January 11, 2015:
    Serial Number B261032 was reported as accurate
  • January 4, 2015:
    Serial Number B261032 was reported as accurate
  • December 5, 2014:
    Serial Number B261326 was reported as accurate
  • August 27, 2014:
    Serial Number B260643 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Official Standard, Adjusted 5 Positions, 19
    Jewels.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • August 15, 2014:
    Serial Number B260674 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: The one i have is a 19 jewel
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • August 12, 2014:
    Serial Number B261355 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: It is 21j
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • March 30, 2014:
    Serial Number B261383 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 21 jewells
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • January 11, 2014:
    Serial Number B261441 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Lever set
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1918 to 1903
    Grade changed from Official Standard to Commercial Standard
    Jewels changed from 19j to 17j
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • November 14, 2013:
    Serial Number B0261412 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: only has 15 jewels
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1918 to 1903
    Grade changed from Official Standard to Commercial Standard
    Jewels changed from 19j to 17j
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • July 28, 2013:
    Serial Number B260782 was reported as accurate
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