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How to Find Info About Your Pocket Watch

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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 7

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 1521072
Grade: 7
Model: 1
Class: 6
Estimated Production Year: 1885
Run Quantity: 50,000
Grade/Model Run: 5 of 6
Total Production: 277,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • September 20, 2019:
    Serial Number 1519560 was reported as accurate
  • September 19, 2019:
    Serial Number 1519550 was reported as accurate
  • September 14, 2019:
    Serial Number 1501658 was reported as accurate
  • September 9, 2019:
    Serial Number 1512048 was reported as accurate
  • September 2, 2019:
    Serial Number 1515377 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • July 31, 2019:
    Serial Number 1506196 was reported as accurate
  • July 11, 2019:
    Serial Number 1525183 was reported as accurate
  • June 28, 2019:
    Serial Number 1523767 was reported as accurate
  • June 24, 2019:
    Serial Number 1535099 was reported as accurate
  • June 22, 2019:
    Serial Number 1527923 was reported as accurate
  • June 22, 2019:
    Serial Number 1527923 was reported as accurate
  • June 11, 2019:
    Serial Number 1539632 was reported as accurate
  • June 11, 2019:
    Serial Number 1548493 was reported as accurate
  • April 25, 2019:
    Serial Number 1528120 was reported as accurate
  • March 15, 2019:
    Serial Number 1534776 was reported as accurate
  • January 25, 2019:
    Serial Number 1522734 was reported as accurate
  • December 15, 2018:
    Serial Number 1516059 was reported as accurate
  • December 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 1521072 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: My watch has a dial marked "Rockford Watch Co."
    "Illinois" but the movement is marked "David Hess"
    "Ottawa Ill." Will post some photos later.
    Curator Response: In that case, you will need to conduct a lookup under Rockford instead of Elgin for proper information.
  • December 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 1521072 was reported as accurate
  • December 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 1521072 was reported as accurate
  • December 3, 2018:
    Serial Number 1527923 was reported as accurate
  • September 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 1507856 was reported as accurate
  • August 10, 2018:
    Serial Number 1508214 was reported as accurate
  • June 27, 2018:
    Serial Number 1529876 was reported as accurate
  • May 25, 2018:
    Serial Number 1527785 was reported as accurate
  • April 28, 2018:
    Serial Number 1507189 was reported as accurate
  • April 22, 2018:
    Serial Number 1507189 was reported as accurate
  • April 5, 2018:
    Serial Number 1538545 was reported as accurate
  • February 23, 2018:
    Serial Number 1516119 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • October 31, 2017:
    Serial Number 1531068 was reported as accurate
  • October 7, 2017:
    Serial Number 1515992 was reported as accurate
  • August 28, 2017:
    Serial Number 1537631 was reported as accurate
  • July 24, 2017:
    Serial Number 1519023 was reported as accurate
  • June 16, 2017:
    Serial Number 1503106 was reported as accurate
  • May 22, 2017:
    Serial Number 1509306 was reported as accurate
  • May 22, 2017:
    Serial Number 1509306 was reported as accurate
  • May 22, 2017:
    Serial Number 1509306 was reported as accurate
  • April 29, 2017:
    Serial Number 1519023 was reported as accurate
  • October 2, 2016:
    Serial Number 1509688 was reported as accurate
  • September 15, 2016:
    Serial Number 1544858 was reported as accurate
  • September 13, 2016:
    Serial Number 1548845 was reported as accurate
  • September 12, 2016:
    Serial Number 1546845 was reported as accurate
  • September 11, 2016:
    Serial Number 1543345 was reported as accurate
  • August 25, 2016:
    Serial Number 1548021 was reported as accurate
  • August 16, 2016:
    Serial Number 1513939 was reported as accurate
  • July 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 1548021 was reported as accurate
  • July 15, 2016:
    Serial Number 1503412 was reported as accurate
  • July 9, 2016:
    Serial Number 1512439 was reported as accurate
  • June 25, 2016:
    Serial Number 1546290 was reported as accurate
  • April 28, 2016:
    Serial Number 1510215 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: My watch is marked 15 jewels
  • April 7, 2016:
    Serial Number 1527137 was reported as accurate
  • March 26, 2016:
    Serial Number 1527050 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • March 3, 2016:
    Serial Number 1517575 was reported as accurate
  • February 16, 2016:
    Serial Number 1517575 was reported as accurate
  • February 9, 2016:
    Serial Number 1546885 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 30, 2015:
    Serial Number 1521072 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 11, 2015:
    Serial Number 1540846 was reported as accurate
  • September 25, 2015:
    Serial Number 1506858 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 15 jewels
  • August 21, 2015:
    Serial Number 1515846 was reported as accurate
  • August 2, 2015:
    Serial Number 1537841 was reported as accurate
  • May 18, 2015:
    Serial Number 1512798 was reported as accurate
  • May 6, 2015:
    Serial Number 1507170 was reported as accurate
  • April 20, 2015:
    Serial Number 1545168 was reported as accurate
  • March 14, 2015:
    Serial Number 1515848 was reported as accurate
  • February 23, 2015:
    Serial Number 1534390 was reported as accurate
  • December 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 1544014 was reported as accurate
  • November 26, 2014:
    Serial Number 1529446 was reported as accurate
  • September 28, 2014:
    Serial Number 1518766 was reported as accurate
  • September 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 1510342 was reported as accurate
  • September 21, 2014:
    Serial Number 1511438 was reported as accurate
  • September 10, 2014:
    Serial Number 1535030 was reported as accurate
  • September 10, 2014:
    Serial Number 1511438 was reported as accurate
  • September 1, 2014:
    Serial Number 1517470 was reported as accurate
  • July 13, 2014:
    Serial Number 1510401 was reported as accurate
  • June 19, 2014:
    Serial Number 1506626 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • May 19, 2014:
    Serial Number 1515692 was reported as accurate
  • April 30, 2014:
    Serial Number 1543151 was reported as accurate
  • April 28, 2014:
    Serial Number 1531369 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 28, 2014:
    Serial Number 1531369 was reported as accurate
  • April 26, 2014:
    Serial Number 1509052 was reported as accurate
  • April 15, 2014:
    Serial Number 1515848 was reported as accurate
  • March 24, 2014:
    Serial Number 1533896 was reported as accurate
  • March 2, 2014:
    Serial Number 1515848 was reported as accurate
  • January 25, 2014:
    Serial Number 1503675 was reported as accurate
  • January 17, 2014:
    Serial Number 1516981 was reported as accurate
  • January 10, 2014:
    Serial Number 1525318 was reported as accurate
  • November 22, 2013:
    Serial Number 1535311 was reported as accurate
  • November 8, 2013:
    Serial Number 1543038 was reported as accurate
  • October 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 1500668 was reported as accurate
  • October 14, 2013:
    Serial Number 1525318 was reported as accurate
  • October 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 1505984 was reported as accurate
  • July 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 1545531 was reported as accurate
  • April 13, 2013:
    Serial Number 1515746 was reported as accurate
  • April 13, 2013:
    Serial Number 1522164 was reported as accurate
  • March 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 1539175 was reported as accurate
  • February 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 1506460 was reported as accurate
  • February 21, 2013:
    Serial Number 1527925 was reported as accurate
  • January 19, 2013:
    Serial Number 1511601 was reported as accurate
  • December 28, 2012:
    Serial Number 1545532 was reported as accurate
  • December 16, 2012:
    Serial Number 1529357 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • December 2, 2012:
    Serial Number 1512300 was reported as accurate
  • November 26, 2012:
    Serial Number 1540019 was reported as accurate
  • November 4, 2012:
    Serial Number 1517324 was reported as accurate
  • August 19, 2012:
    Serial Number 1516889 was reported as accurate
  • August 5, 2012:
    Serial Number 1504648 was reported as accurate
  • July 18, 2012:
    Serial Number 1523088 was reported as accurate
  • April 20, 2012:
    Serial Number 1533804 was reported as accurate
  • April 6, 2012:
    Serial Number 1523985 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 6, 2012:
    Serial Number 1523985 was reported as accurate
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