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How to Find Info About Your Pocket Watch

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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 454

Father Time

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 23886937
Grade: 454
Model: 15
Estimated Production Year: 1921
Run Quantity: 2,000
Total Production: 64,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 21j
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: Unknown
U.S. Patents: 77078, 596407
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
23887000
  • July 8, 2013:
    Serial Number 23886596 was reported as accurate
  • May 10, 2013:
    Serial Number 23886910 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Father Time----Yes
    No winding indicator
  • March 18, 2013:
    Serial Number 23885169 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: No winding indicator
  • February 10, 2013:
    Serial Number 23885205 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: no winding indicator
  • January 18, 2013:
    Serial Number 23885749 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Not a wind indicator
  • January 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 23886362 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: No Winding Indicator
  • December 17, 2012:
    Serial Number 23886130 was reported as accurate
  • December 17, 2012:
    Serial Number 23886130 was reported as accurate
  • October 11, 2012:
    Serial Number 23886130 was reported as accurate
  • October 3, 2012:
    Serial Number 23.886.130 was reported as accurate
  • August 13, 2012:
    Serial Number 23886330 was reported as accurate
  • April 18, 2012:
    Serial Number 23886892 was reported as accurate
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