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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Elgin Grade 93 Pocket Watch

Grade: 93

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 1129584
Grade: 93
Model: 1
Class: 20
Estimated Production Year: 1883
Run Quantity: 5,000
Grade/Model Run: 3 of 6
Total Production: 34,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Convertible
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 185867
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Verifications & Observations

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  • June 1, 2020:
    Serial Number 1127441 was reported as accurate
  • May 13, 2020:
    Serial Number 1129078 was reported as accurate
  • December 2, 2019:
    Serial Number 1127795 was reported as accurate
  • September 17, 2019:
    Serial Number 1125156 was reported as accurate
  • April 18, 2019:
    Serial Number 1128285 was reported as accurate
  • October 8, 2018:
    Serial Number 1127832 was reported as accurate
  • May 19, 2018:
    Serial Number 1129877 was reported as accurate
  • November 27, 2017:
    Serial Number 1126278 was reported as accurate
  • October 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 1127724 was reported as accurate
  • June 22, 2017:
    Serial Number 1126295 was reported as accurate
  • November 13, 2016:
    Serial Number 1128403 was reported as accurate
  • August 29, 2016:
    Serial Number 1128985 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • July 11, 2016:
    Serial Number 1126771 was reported as accurate
  • January 23, 2016:
    Serial Number 1126571 was reported as accurate
  • November 14, 2015:
    Serial Number 1127802 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: ebay picture shows the plate stating 15 jewel
    Curator Response: Need further evidence from other examples in this run before making a change. According to Elgin records, Grade 93 is indicated to be 11 jewels. The example on eBay may have been stamped "15 Jewels" at a later time.
  • July 3, 2015:
    Serial Number 1127170 was reported as accurate
  • September 23, 2014:
    Serial Number 1129584 was reported as accurate
  • March 13, 2014:
    Serial Number 1128963 was reported as accurate
  • November 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 1129584 was reported as accurate
  • October 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 1127170 was reported as accurate
  • October 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 1129277 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • August 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 1125356 was reported as accurate
  • August 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 1127367 was reported as accurate
  • March 10, 2013:
    Serial Number 1128549 was reported as accurate
  • February 10, 2013:
    Serial Number 1129060 was reported as accurate
  • December 29, 2012:
    Serial Number 1129060 was reported as accurate
  • December 29, 2012:
    Serial Number 1129060 was reported as accurate
  • December 19, 2012:
    Serial Number 1126402 was reported as accurate
  • December 16, 2012:
    Serial Number 1129060 was reported as accurate
  • November 23, 2012:
    Serial Number 1125341 was reported as accurate
  • September 19, 2012:
    Serial Number 1126811 was reported as accurate
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Elgin Grade 93 Pocket Watch