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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 388

Father Time

Private Label(s) in Run: Paillard Non Magnetic Watch Co. - Chicago, IL

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 16803872
Grade: 388
Model: 15
Class: 98
Estimated Production Year: 1912
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 5 of 19
Total Production: 19,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 21j
Jewel Material: Ruby & Sapphire
Jewel Setting: Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Inlay Color: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Traveling Nut (spring)
Pallet Jewel Material: Sapphire
Standard Dial Type: Double-Sunk
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Railroad Grade: Yes
Wind Indicator: No
U.S. Patents: 596407
Data Research: 1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

16803001
Verification Serial Map
16804000
  • January 31, 2019:
    Serial Number 16803708 was reported as accurate
  • January 31, 2019:
    Serial Number 16803708 was reported as accurate
  • June 1, 2017:
    Serial Number 16803708 was reported as accurate
  • April 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 16803569 was reported as accurate
  • April 9, 2017:
    Serial Number 16803156 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Wind Indicator=NO
  • June 3, 2016:
    Serial Number 16803123 was reported as accurate
  • October 2, 2015:
    Serial Number 16803011 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This movement and dial marked for Paillard
    non-Magnetic. Elgin made.
  • May 31, 2014:
    Serial Number 16803872 was reported as accurate
  • February 2, 2014:
    Serial Number 16803101 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Marked paillard non magnetic
  • November 20, 2013:
    Serial Number 16803277 was reported as accurate
  • October 26, 2013:
    Serial Number 16803712 was reported as accurate
  • October 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 16803712 was reported as accurate
  • May 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 16803478 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This movement is a Father Time but without a
    winding indicator.
  • January 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 16803257 was reported as accurate
  • September 18, 2012:
    Serial Number 16803363 was reported as accurate
  • August 20, 2012:
    Serial Number 16803316 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Double Roller changed from Unknown to Yes
  • April 5, 2012:
    Serial Number 16803011 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This is an elgin movement, but not marked elgin,
    it is marked Paillard Non Magnetic Watch Co.
    Chicago, IL USA on both the movement and the dial.
    Damaskeening is vertical stripe only with a
    piecrust edge and piecrust on winding wheels.
    Other than that, it appears in every respect to be
    a grade 388.
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