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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 291

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 22900813
Grade: 291
Model: 7
Class: 110
Estimated Production Year: 1920
Run Quantity: 10,000
Total Production: 1,487,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Balance Type: Expansion
Balance Jewel Material: Ruby
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Hairspring: Breguet
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 596407
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
Research Note: #22900813: 3-Finger Train Bridge Likely From a Grade 248 Movement.
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Verifications & Observations

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  • April 26, 2019:
    Serial Number 22900106 was reported as accurate
  • April 26, 2019:
    Serial Number 22900106 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • March 24, 2018:
    Serial Number 22905737 was reported as accurate
  • January 30, 2015:
    Serial Number 22900813 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 22900813 has 15 jewels, and a 3 finger bridge. The
    person I bought it from said it is a grade 162
    model 7 movement.
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. After evaluating the images, it appears the train bridge has been pulled from a different movement, as the damaskeening pattern does not match the other plates. The pattern is more consistent with Grade 248, a 16-Size, Model 7, 3-Finger Bridge Movement with 15 Jewels. You could verify this by checking the serial number stamped on the bottom of the train bridge.
  • August 1, 2014:
    Serial Number 22902320 was reported as accurate
  • January 9, 2014:
    Serial Number 22900580 was reported as accurate
  • September 17, 2012:
    Serial Number 22898929 was reported as accurate
  • August 4, 2012:
    Serial Number 22902743 was reported as accurate
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