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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 349

Father Time

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 12739957
Grade: 349
Variation: Father Time
Model: 7
Class: 65
Estimated Production Year: 1907
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 27,500
Size: 18s
Jewels: 21j
Jewel Material: Ruby & Sapphire
Jewel Setting: Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Signing Style: Old English
Movement Inlay Color: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Traveling Nut (spring)
Hairspring: Breguet
Pallet Jewel Material: Sapphire
Standard Dial Type: Double-Sunk
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Adjusted to Isochronism: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
U.S. Patents: 596407
Movement Markings: Father Time
Elgin, Ill. U.S.A.
21 Jewels
Safety Pinion
Data Research: 1909 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • October 4, 2016:
    Serial Number 12739947 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: True it is grade 349, but this movement marked
    "father time"
  • November 9, 2014:
    Serial Number 12739076 was reported as accurate
  • February 10, 2014:
    Serial Number 12739605 was reported as accurate
  • February 1, 2014:
    Serial Number 12739558 was reported as accurate
  • November 4, 2012:
    Serial Number 12739394 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • April 5, 2012:
    Serial Number 12739548 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: movement marked father time
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes