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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 82

G.M. Wheeler

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 1218535
Grade: 82
Variation: G.M. Wheeler
Model: 3
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1883
Run Quantity: 4,000
Total Production: 155,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 13j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Signing Style: Formal Script
Movement Inlay Color: None
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Moseley
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Movement Markings: G.M. Wheeler
Elgin, Ills.
Patent Pinion
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
Research Note: #1218584: "G.M. Wheeler" with 13 Jewels (unmarked). [JH]
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Verifications & Observations

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  • October 19, 2018:
    Serial Number 1216677 was reported as accurate
  • March 1, 2018:
    Serial Number 1218535 was reported as accurate
  • August 26, 2017:
    Serial Number 1217200 was reported as accurate
  • June 17, 2017:
    Serial Number 1215056 was reported as accurate
  • September 10, 2016:
    Serial Number 1217599 was reported as accurate
  • September 1, 2016:
    Serial Number 1216311 was reported as accurate
  • July 4, 2016:
    Serial Number 1216722 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • May 24, 2016:
    Serial Number 1216471 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 13j
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 13j
  • April 25, 2016:
    Serial Number 1216471 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 13j
  • April 12, 2016:
    Serial Number 1217072 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 13j
  • August 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 1217304 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 13j
  • June 21, 2013:
    Serial Number 1217370 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 13j
  • April 18, 2013:
    Serial Number 1218745 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 13j
  • December 15, 2012:
    Serial Number 1215524 was reported as accurate
  • November 21, 2012:
    Serial Number 1216045 was reported as accurate
  • November 8, 2012:
    Serial Number 1215912 was reported as accurate
  • June 15, 2012:
    Serial Number 1218696 was reported as accurate
  • May 24, 2012:
    Serial Number 1218696 was reported as accurate
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