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  1. Always input the serial number from the pocket watch movement (the "guts" of the watch).
  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
  3. If the serial number includes a letter, enter it along with the number when using the lookup feature.
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  6. If the manufacturer is not listed on the site, you may have a "private label" watch or it may not be American-made.
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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 293

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 18311795
Grade: 293
Model: 7
Class: 110
Estimated Production Year: 1915
Run Quantity: 7,000
Total Production: 718,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078, 596407
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • March 17, 2017:
    Serial Number 18315408 was reported as accurate
  • March 14, 2017:
    Serial Number 18312366 was reported as accurate
  • February 11, 2017:
    Serial Number 18310021 was reported as accurate
  • March 26, 2015:
    Serial Number 18312755 was reported as accurate
  • June 25, 2014:
    Serial Number 18310285 was reported as accurate
  • October 14, 2013:
    Serial Number 18313550 was reported as accurate
  • June 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 18314630 was reported as accurate
  • April 11, 2013:
    Serial Number 18310405 was reported as accurate