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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 388

Father Time

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 20083393
Grade: 388
Model: 15
Class: 98
Estimated Production Year: 1918
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 17 of 19
Total Production: 19,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 21j
Jewel Material: Ruby & Sapphire
Jewel Setting: Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Inlay Color: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Traveling Nut (spring)
Pallet Jewel Material: Sapphire
Standard Dial Type: Double-Sunk
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Railroad Grade: Yes
Wind Indicator: No
U.S. Patents: 596407
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
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  • October 27, 2019:
    Serial Number 20083172 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This one is a (father time)
  • October 17, 2018:
    Serial Number 20083393 was reported as accurate
  • July 20, 2018:
    Serial Number 20083142 was reported as accurate
  • December 29, 2016:
    Serial Number 20083007 was reported as accurate
  • December 22, 2016:
    Serial Number 20083007 was reported as accurate
  • September 2, 2016:
    Serial Number 20083873 was reported as accurate
  • August 27, 2016:
    Serial Number 20083873 was reported as accurate
  • January 23, 2016:
    Serial Number 20083428 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: No wind indicator present
  • January 4, 2016:
    Serial Number 20083483 was reported as accurate
  • December 5, 2014:
    Serial Number 20083116 was reported as accurate
  • March 2, 2013:
    Serial Number 20083676 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: NO - Winding Indicator
  • February 20, 2013:
    Serial Number 20083989 was reported as accurate
  • February 20, 2013:
    Serial Number 20083989 was reported as accurate
  • July 28, 2012:
    Serial Number 20083310 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: No wind indicator.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Double Roller changed from Unknown to Yes
  • July 28, 2012:
    Serial Number 20083310 was reported as accurate
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