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  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 241

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 12071364
Grade: 241
Model: 6
Class: 33
Estimated Production Year: 1906
Run Quantity: 2,000
Grade/Model Run: 40 of 48
Total Production: 62,900
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Jewel Setting: Gilded Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: Bridge Plate
Bridge Type: 3-finger Straight
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Train Material: Brass
Center Wheel Material: Gold
Regulator: Moseley
Hairspring: Breguet
Escapement Type: Straight-line
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: No
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 596407
Data Research: 1909 Elgin Serial List
1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • June 21, 2019:
    Serial Number 12072664 was reported as accurate
  • June 20, 2017:
    Serial Number 12072205 was reported as accurate
  • May 26, 2017:
    Serial Number 12071364 was reported as accurate
  • April 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 12071200 was reported as accurate
  • April 2, 2015:
    Serial Number 12071200 was reported as accurate
  • January 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 12071866 was reported as accurate
  • February 13, 2014:
    Serial Number 12072631 was reported as accurate
  • January 7, 2014:
    Serial Number 12071289 was reported as accurate
  • January 1, 2014:
    Serial Number 12072546 was reported as accurate
  • October 20, 2013:
    Serial Number 12072023 was reported as accurate
  • December 1, 2012:
    Serial Number 12072914 was reported as accurate
  • November 20, 2012:
    Serial Number 12071549 was reported as accurate