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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 61

H.Z. Culver

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 236408
Grade: 61
Variation: H.Z. Culver
Model: 2
Class: 2
Estimated Production Year: 1873
Run Quantity: 3,000
Grade/Model Run: 2 of 5
Total Production: 3,800
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Movement Markings: H.Z. Culver
Elgin, Ills.
Adjusted
Patent Pinion
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
1904 Elgin Serial List
1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
Research Note: #235096: Verified as Keywind/Stemwind Lever-Set [eBay #123999662052].
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Verifications & Observations

235001
Verification Serial Map
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  • October 22, 2019:
    Serial Number 235461 was reported as accurate
  • April 4, 2019:
    Serial Number 237883 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: MODEL 1
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. If the movement is lever-set, it would be classified as a Model 2. This run features transitional movements.
  • March 25, 2019:
    Serial Number 235635 was reported as accurate
  • March 18, 2019:
    Serial Number 236110 was reported as accurate
  • July 26, 2018:
    Serial Number 236624 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Key wind arbor on rear with lever for setting. Not
    sure off hand if you could call it a "tranny"
    transitional. Unique note :two dial feet are
    pinned and one foot is a dial screw from factory.
  • July 20, 2018:
    Serial Number 236624 was reported as accurate
  • May 8, 2018:
    Serial Number 236130 was reported as accurate
  • January 28, 2018:
    Serial Number 237230 was reported as accurate
  • July 4, 2017:
    Serial Number 235092 was reported as accurate
  • November 16, 2016:
    Serial Number 237166 was reported as accurate
  • November 25, 2015:
    Serial Number 236453 was reported as accurate
  • October 26, 2015:
    Serial Number 237548 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • August 12, 2015:
    Serial Number 235531 was reported as accurate
  • October 1, 2014:
    Serial Number 237740 was reported as accurate
  • November 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 237989 was reported as accurate
  • September 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 237604 was reported as accurate
  • August 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 236281 was reported as accurate
  • July 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 236786 was reported as accurate
  • April 20, 2013:
    Serial Number 237511 was reported as accurate
  • February 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 235847 was reported as accurate
  • January 18, 2013:
    Serial Number 237604 was reported as accurate
  • May 30, 2012:
    Serial Number 235764 was reported as accurate
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