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

Grade: 57

G.M. Wheeler

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 17621
Grade: 57
Variation: G.M. Wheeler
Model: 1
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1868
Run Quantity: 2,000
Total Production: 75,146
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Signing Style: Formal Script
Movement Inlay Color: None
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Movement Markings: G.M. Wheeler
Elgin, Ill.
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
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  • January 26, 2019:
    Serial Number 17974 was reported as accurate
  • January 13, 2019:
    Serial Number 17655 was reported as accurate
  • October 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 17423 was reported as accurate
  • September 16, 2018:
    Serial Number 16114 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • August 8, 2018:
    Serial Number 17398 was reported as accurate
  • January 28, 2018:
    Serial Number 17695 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • January 9, 2018:
    Serial Number 16742 was reported as accurate
  • January 13, 2017:
    Serial Number 16646 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • May 18, 2016:
    Serial Number 16419 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • February 26, 2016:
    Serial Number 17056 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • November 20, 2015:
    Serial Number 16194 was reported as accurate
  • November 11, 2014:
    Serial Number 17027 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 11, 2014:
    Serial Number 17027 was reported as accurate
  • July 28, 2014:
    Serial Number 16005 was reported as accurate
  • December 2, 2013:
    Serial Number 16656 was reported as accurate
  • September 26, 2013:
    Serial Number 16103 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Watch says 17 jewel not 11, and model year 79''
  • August 29, 2013:
    Serial Number 17252 was reported as accurate
  • August 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 17252 was reported as accurate
  • July 26, 2013:
    Serial Number 17431 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 16738 was reported as accurate
  • February 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 16338 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • January 30, 2013:
    Serial Number 16341 was reported as accurate
  • January 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 17379 was reported as accurate
  • January 2, 2013:
    Serial Number 16018 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • October 26, 2012:
    Serial Number 16097 was reported as accurate
  • September 19, 2012:
    Serial Number 17210 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
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Elgin Grade 57 Pocket Watch