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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 347

G.M. Wheeler

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 12397271
Grade: 347
Variation: G.M. Wheeler
Model: 3
Class: 112
Estimated Production Year: 1906
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 1 of 20
Total Production: 20,000
Size: 12s
Jewels: 17j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Signing Style: Serif (Decorative)
Movement Inlay Color: Gilt
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Moseley
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 3
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078, 596407
Movement Markings: G.M. Wheeler
Elgin, Ill.
U.S.A.
17 Jewels
Safety Pinion
Adjusted
Data Research: 1909 Elgin Serial List
1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

12397001
Verification Serial Map
12398000
  • September 15, 2019:
    Serial Number 12397689 was reported as accurate
  • March 11, 2018:
    Serial Number 12397324 was reported as accurate
  • March 9, 2018:
    Serial Number 12397271 was reported as accurate
  • August 4, 2014:
    Serial Number 12397673 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • February 7, 2014:
    Serial Number 12397326 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement is marked "Adjusted" (on the balance
    cock)
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • October 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 12397326 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • August 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 12397326 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • January 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 12397947 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
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