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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 62

H.Z. Culver, Mixed Run: Some Movements Marked "Adjusted."

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 172957
Grade: 62
Variation: H.Z. Culver
Model: 1
Class: 2
Estimated Production Year: 1871
Run Quantity: 5,000
Grade/Model Run: 13 of 17
Total Production: 16,146
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Signing Style: Formal Script
Movement Inlay Color: None
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Movement Markings: H.Z. Culver
Elgin, Ills.
Adjusted
Patent Pinion
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
1904 Elgin Serial List
1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
Research Note: This run represents the first H.Z. Culver movements marked "Adjusted." Earlier movements in the run (<~172,500) are likely not marked "Adjusted," while later serial numbers are more likely to be marked "Adjusted." #172957: Verified as Marked "Adjusted."
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Verifications & Observations

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  • August 7, 2020:
    Serial Number 173386 was reported as accurate
  • June 20, 2020:
    Serial Number 173386 was reported as accurate
  • March 6, 2020:
    Serial Number 173878 was reported as accurate
  • March 5, 2020:
    Serial Number 173608 was reported as accurate
  • October 21, 2019:
    Serial Number 171375 was reported as accurate
  • August 29, 2019:
    Serial Number 172481 was reported as accurate
  • May 19, 2019:
    Serial Number 172957 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Adjusted: Movement is marked Adjusted.
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report and images. This information has now been noted in the research notes for the run.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • February 17, 2019:
    Serial Number 173350 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • December 7, 2018:
    Serial Number 170535 was reported as accurate
  • September 13, 2018:
    Serial Number 172016 was reported as accurate
  • May 7, 2018:
    Serial Number 173185 was reported as accurate
  • May 7, 2018:
    Serial Number 173185 was reported as accurate
  • March 30, 2018:
    Serial Number 172250 was reported as accurate
  • March 10, 2018:
    Serial Number 170549 was reported as accurate
  • February 7, 2018:
    Serial Number 171646 was reported as accurate
  • December 25, 2017:
    Serial Number 170764 was reported as accurate
  • December 25, 2017:
    Serial Number 170704 was reported as accurate
  • November 29, 2017:
    Serial Number 174511 was reported as accurate
  • April 30, 2017:
    Serial Number 170148 was reported as accurate
  • April 30, 2017:
    Serial Number 170148 was reported as accurate
  • March 19, 2017:
    Serial Number 171452 was reported as accurate
  • February 17, 2017:
    Serial Number 171204 was reported as accurate
  • December 22, 2015:
    Serial Number 173869 was reported as accurate
  • December 15, 2015:
    Serial Number 174670 was reported as accurate
  • September 30, 2015:
    Serial Number 171355 was reported as accurate
  • September 17, 2015:
    Serial Number 174443 was reported as accurate
  • July 31, 2015:
    Serial Number 174670 was reported as accurate
  • May 1, 2015:
    Serial Number 173943 was reported as accurate
  • January 13, 2015:
    Serial Number 172654 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • January 8, 2015:
    Serial Number 174670 was reported as accurate
  • December 9, 2014:
    Serial Number 173684 was reported as accurate
  • November 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 172062 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • March 25, 2014:
    Serial Number 170667 was reported as accurate
  • February 20, 2014:
    Serial Number 172941 was reported as accurate
  • February 20, 2014:
    Serial Number 172941 was reported as accurate
  • October 21, 2013:
    Serial Number 174767 was reported as accurate
  • September 2, 2013:
    Serial Number 171518 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • September 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 171798 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Not marked "Adjusted." This grade existed both as
    adjusted and unadjusted movements.
  • September 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 171798 was reported as accurate
  • September 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 170233 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: The movement doesn't say "Adjusted." This grade
    was made both adjusted and not. See
    http://elginwatches.org/scans/articles/1874_elgin_
    almanac/m_pg39.html
  • August 20, 2013:
    Serial Number 171256 was reported as accurate
  • May 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 172941 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement marked 'Adjusted' on Top Plate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • April 30, 2013:
    Serial Number 173488 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Plated is marked with 'Adjusted' on this specimen.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • November 28, 2012:
    Serial Number 170233 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Marked H.Z. Culver not B.W. Raymond
  • November 26, 2012:
    Serial Number 170233 was reported as accurate
  • October 8, 2012:
    Serial Number 173905 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement is marked "H. Z. Culver"
  • October 8, 2012:
    Serial Number 173905 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This is not a BW Raymond.
  • September 19, 2012:
    Serial Number 174588 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • September 11, 2012:
    Serial Number 173941 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • May 24, 2012:
    Serial Number 174906 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: this is a Grade 62 H.Z. Culver key wind key set
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • May 9, 2012:
    Serial Number 171355 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Marked H. Z. Culver
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
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