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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 455

B.W. Raymond

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 21448953
Grade: 455
Model: 15
Estimated Production Year: 1919
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 13 of 52
Total Production: 64,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 19j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Traveling Nut (spring)
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Railroad Grade: Yes
Wind Indicator Available: Yes
Wind Indicator Present: Mixed
U.S. Patents: 77078, 596407
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

21448001
Verification Serial Map
21449000
  • November 22, 2019:
    Serial Number 21448659 was reported as accurate
  • September 9, 2019:
    Serial Number 21448668 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Has wind indictaor
  • January 23, 2018:
    Serial Number 21448642 was reported as accurate
  • July 3, 2016:
    Serial Number 21448754 was reported as accurate
  • July 3, 2016:
    Serial Number 21448754 was reported as accurate
  • June 30, 2016:
    Serial Number 21448754 was reported as accurate
  • June 29, 2016:
    Serial Number 21448754 was reported as accurate
  • June 29, 2016:
    Serial Number 21448754 was reported as accurate
  • June 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 21448754 was reported as accurate
  • December 27, 2015:
    Serial Number 21448953 was reported as accurate
  • November 5, 2014:
    Serial Number 21448869 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Can S/N 21448869 actually be a model 15 if the
    barrel wheel is not jewled? The drawing for this
    modes showes the barrel wheel jewled. The photo
    examples don't appear to be jewled.
    Curator Response: The model diagram is simply an example. Your particular watch may not have a jeweled barrel, as you mentioned.
  • November 3, 2014:
    Serial Number 21448869 was reported as accurate
  • July 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 21448803 was reported as accurate
  • March 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 21448312 was reported as accurate
  • November 5, 2012:
    Serial Number 21448969 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: No winding indicator
  • August 10, 2012:
    Serial Number 21448499 was reported as accurate
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