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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 382

Some Marked "Strand"

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 19643285
Grade: 382
Variation: Mixed
Model: 7
Class: 108
Estimated Production Year: 1917
Run Quantity: 2,000
Grade/Model Run: 41 of 49
Total Production: 51,600
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Jewel Material: Ruby & Sapphire
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Signing Style: Mixed
Movement Inlay Color: Black
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: Bridge Plate
Bridge Type: 3-finger
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Moseley
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: No
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 596407
Movement Markings: [Some Marked "Strand"]
Elgin Nat'l Watch Co.
17 Jewels
Double Roller
[Some Marked "4 Positions"]
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
Research Note: Production total on Grade 382 movements marked "Strand" is considered to be 4,000. #19642770: Verified as Not Marked "Strand" [NAWCC].
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Verifications & Observations

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  • December 16, 2018:
    Serial Number 19643264 was reported as accurate
  • July 30, 2018:
    Serial Number 19643532 was reported as accurate
  • November 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 19642261 was reported as accurate
  • January 24, 2016:
    Serial Number 19643600 was reported as accurate
  • April 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 19642416 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This movement is marked " Four Adjustments". Has
    the word "Strand" engraved above "Elgin Nat'l
    Watch Co." and is marked "Double Roller".
  • March 24, 2015:
    Serial Number 19642591 was reported as accurate
  • December 14, 2014:
    Serial Number 19643602 was reported as accurate
  • March 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 19643855 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Name = STR
    Grade = 996
    Year = 1916
    Run Qt. = 4000
    Total Prod. = 4000 all in one year.
    Plate = Three Finger Bridge
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. While production totals for movements marked "Strand" is 4,000, the Grade 996 designation was never assigned at the factory. These are still Grade 382 movements.
  • March 10, 2014:
    Serial Number 19642622 was reported as accurate
  • February 23, 2014:
    Serial Number 19642077 was reported as accurate
  • December 31, 2012:
    Serial Number 19643650 was reported as accurate
  • October 16, 2012:
    Serial Number 19643186 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Strand