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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 96

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 1965779
Grade: 96
Model: 4
Class: 6
Estimated Production Year: 1886
Run Quantity: 50,000
Grade/Model Run: 2 of 106
Total Production: 566,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
1904 Elgin Serial List
1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • October 5, 2019:
    Serial Number 1952514 was reported as accurate
  • July 4, 2019:
    Serial Number 1951628 was reported as accurate
  • May 7, 2019:
    Serial Number 1987811 was reported as accurate
  • April 19, 2019:
    Serial Number 1978976 was reported as accurate
  • April 17, 2019:
    Serial Number 1950667 was reported as accurate
  • March 13, 2019:
    Serial Number 1981105 was reported as accurate
  • January 17, 2019:
    Serial Number 1994264 was reported as accurate
  • January 10, 2019:
    Serial Number 1994264 was reported as accurate
  • October 30, 2018:
    Serial Number 1979423 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • October 3, 2018:
    Serial Number 1953524 was reported as accurate
  • August 20, 2018:
    Serial Number 1965480 was reported as accurate
  • June 4, 2018:
    Serial Number 1996699 was reported as accurate
  • April 19, 2018:
    Serial Number 1980054 was reported as accurate
  • March 15, 2018:
    Serial Number 1981377 was reported as accurate
  • February 8, 2018:
    Serial Number 1969477 was reported as accurate
  • January 27, 2018:
    Serial Number 1986280 was reported as accurate
  • January 20, 2018:
    Serial Number 1958743 was reported as accurate
  • August 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 1955557 was reported as accurate
  • May 19, 2017:
    Serial Number 1964035 was reported as accurate
  • May 18, 2017:
    Serial Number 1953248 was reported as accurate
  • May 4, 2017:
    Serial Number 1965525 was reported as accurate
  • April 30, 2017:
    Serial Number 1958056 was reported as accurate
  • April 29, 2017:
    Serial Number 1960625 was reported as accurate
  • April 21, 2017:
    Serial Number 1976331 was reported as accurate
  • March 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 1979679 was reported as accurate
  • December 6, 2016:
    Serial Number 1982674 was reported as accurate
  • October 19, 2016:
    Serial Number 1987851 was reported as accurate
  • July 9, 2016:
    Serial Number 1998951 was reported as accurate
  • July 6, 2016:
    Serial Number 1951499 was reported as accurate
  • April 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 1990345 was reported as accurate
  • April 4, 2016:
    Serial Number 1966480 was reported as accurate
  • March 19, 2016:
    Serial Number 1986434 was reported as accurate
  • February 13, 2016:
    Serial Number 1991566 was reported as accurate
  • November 13, 2015:
    Serial Number 1970337 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: I have a 1970337 and it has 17 jewels, and is
    stamped on the movement
  • September 28, 2015:
    Serial Number 1988079 was reported as accurate
  • September 15, 2015:
    Serial Number 1950857 was reported as accurate
  • August 6, 2015:
    Serial Number 1998302 was reported as accurate
  • June 29, 2015:
    Serial Number 1958647 was reported as accurate
  • June 27, 2015:
    Serial Number 1972327 was reported as accurate
  • February 13, 2015:
    Serial Number 1978502 was reported as accurate
  • January 27, 2015:
    Serial Number 1967162 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Watch no longer in existence. Completely stripped
    for parts by me.
  • December 28, 2014:
    Serial Number 1990799 was reported as accurate
  • December 14, 2014:
    Serial Number 1977591 was reported as accurate
  • December 13, 2014:
    Serial Number 1950868 was reported as accurate
  • October 28, 2014:
    Serial Number 1997193 was reported as accurate
  • October 27, 2014:
    Serial Number 1975866 was reported as accurate
  • October 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 1982868 was reported as accurate
  • October 18, 2014:
    Serial Number 1988276 was reported as accurate
  • October 4, 2014:
    Serial Number 1952810 was reported as accurate
  • September 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 1978463 was reported as accurate
  • June 24, 2014:
    Serial Number 1985060 was reported as accurate
  • June 7, 2014:
    Serial Number 1968130 was reported as accurate
  • January 25, 2014:
    Serial Number 1969515 was reported as accurate
  • January 16, 2014:
    Serial Number 1967749 was reported as accurate
  • January 12, 2014:
    Serial Number 1954805 was reported as accurate
  • November 29, 2013:
    Serial Number 1980560 was reported as accurate
  • November 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 1979854 was reported as accurate
  • October 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 1953916 was reported as accurate
  • September 23, 2013:
    Serial Number 1980008 was reported as accurate
  • September 13, 2013:
    Serial Number 1984243 was reported as accurate
  • September 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 1953836 was reported as accurate
  • August 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 1995149 was reported as accurate
  • July 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 1961749 was reported as accurate
  • June 18, 2013:
    Serial Number 1960579 was reported as accurate
  • April 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 1970017 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 5, 2013:
    Serial Number 1952159 was reported as accurate
  • April 5, 2013:
    Serial Number 1968857 was reported as accurate
  • March 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 1987686 was reported as accurate
  • March 23, 2013:
    Serial Number 1971197 was reported as accurate
  • March 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 1978215 was reported as accurate
  • March 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 1978215 was reported as accurate
  • February 21, 2013:
    Serial Number 1962322 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • February 19, 2013:
    Serial Number 1967199 was reported as accurate
  • February 10, 2013:
    Serial Number 1966451 was reported as accurate
  • December 29, 2012:
    Serial Number 1997700 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 10, 2012:
    Serial Number 1953207 was reported as accurate
  • September 23, 2012:
    Serial Number 1950751 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • September 17, 2012:
    Serial Number 1998053 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: differant screw placement and regulator is mounted
    on the bracket in the 8:00 position
  • August 19, 2012:
    Serial Number 1960255 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • July 28, 2012:
    Serial Number 1977279 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Info accurate but Example Image wrong. The
    regulator arm and scale are on the cock not on the
    top plate.
  • July 15, 2012:
    Serial Number 1968052 was reported as accurate
  • July 12, 2012:
    Serial Number 1979664 was reported as accurate
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