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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 57

G.M. Wheeler

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 137480
Grade: 57
Variation: G.M. Wheeler
Model: 1
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1871
Run Quantity: 5,000
Total Production: 75,146
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
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  • October 25, 2017:
    Serial Number 137978 was reported as accurate
  • September 11, 2017:
    Serial Number 139642 was reported as accurate
  • September 7, 2017:
    Serial Number 136002 was reported as accurate
  • August 29, 2017:
    Serial Number 137669 was reported as accurate
  • April 15, 2017:
    Serial Number 135010 was reported as accurate
  • May 6, 2016:
    Serial Number 135283 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • March 21, 2016:
    Serial Number 137978 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • March 21, 2016:
    Serial Number 137978 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • March 13, 2016:
    Serial Number 137978 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • March 6, 2016:
    Serial Number 137978 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • February 12, 2016:
    Serial Number 135760 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • January 12, 2016:
    Serial Number 139676 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 22, 2015:
    Serial Number 137480 was reported as accurate
  • October 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 139776 was reported as accurate
  • July 25, 2015:
    Serial Number 137944 was reported as accurate
  • June 11, 2015:
    Serial Number 136354 was reported as accurate
  • February 23, 2015:
    Serial Number 135425 was reported as accurate
  • December 20, 2014:
    Serial Number 138928 was reported as accurate
  • October 6, 2014:
    Serial Number 139929 was reported as accurate
  • July 12, 2014:
    Serial Number 139835 was reported as accurate
  • April 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 137164 was reported as accurate
  • April 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 137164 was reported as accurate
  • March 7, 2014:
    Serial Number 138386 was reported as accurate
  • December 13, 2013:
    Serial Number 137322 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Doesnt look like the movement, im looking
    *****@137322
  • November 22, 2013:
    Serial Number 137947 was reported as accurate
  • November 15, 2013:
    Serial Number 135015 was reported as accurate
  • November 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 135096 was reported as accurate
  • September 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 136909 was reported as accurate
  • August 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 137822 was reported as accurate
  • August 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 136226 was reported as accurate
  • April 5, 2013:
    Serial Number 135611 was reported as accurate
  • March 31, 2013:
    Serial Number 137343 was reported as accurate
  • February 20, 2013:
    Serial Number 135624 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: open face
  • February 19, 2013:
    Serial Number 136597 was reported as accurate
  • February 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 137128 was reported as accurate
  • November 11, 2012:
    Serial Number 136909 was reported as accurate
  • October 16, 2012:
    Serial Number 136909 was reported as accurate
  • September 6, 2012:
    Serial Number 136354 was reported as accurate
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