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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 338

G.M. Wheeler

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 11903783
Grade: 338
Model: 7
Class: 38
Estimated Production Year: 1905
Run Quantity: 2,000
Total Production: 17,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: Bridge Plate
Bridge Type: 3-finger
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Moseley
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 3
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078, 596407
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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  • February 5, 2018:
    Serial Number 11903783 was reported as accurate
  • December 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 11903763 was reported as accurate
  • January 24, 2016:
    Serial Number 11902825 was reported as accurate
  • August 7, 2015:
    Serial Number 11903515 was reported as accurate
  • July 25, 2015:
    Serial Number 11902103 was reported as accurate
  • November 14, 2014:
    Serial Number 11902938 was reported as accurate
  • November 5, 2014:
    Serial Number 11903592 was reported as accurate
  • September 24, 2014:
    Serial Number 11903596 was reported as accurate
  • January 14, 2014:
    Serial Number 11903944 was reported as accurate
  • April 25, 2013:
    Serial Number 11903091 was reported as accurate
  • May 21, 2012:
    Serial Number 11903956 was reported as accurate