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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 478

B.W. Raymond

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 27402388
Grade: 478
Variation: B.W. Raymond
Model: 15
Estimated Production Year: 1925
Run Quantity: 3,000
Grade/Model Run: 20 of 90
Total Production: 185,400
Size: 16s
Jewels: 21j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Signing Style: Mixed
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Ball
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Railroad Grade: Yes
Wind Indicator Available: Yes
Wind Indicator Present: Mixed
U.S. Patents: 77078, 596407
Movement Markings: B.W. Raymond
21 Jewels
Adjusted 5 Positions
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • February 28, 2019:
    Serial Number 27402119 was reported as accurate
  • January 25, 2019:
    Serial Number 27402298 was reported as accurate
  • September 23, 2018:
    Serial Number 27400743 was reported as accurate
  • February 28, 2018:
    Serial Number 27402388 was reported as accurate
  • July 4, 2017:
    Serial Number 27400720 was reported as accurate
  • May 31, 2017:
    Serial Number 27401498 was reported as accurate
  • November 14, 2016:
    Serial Number 27401514 was reported as accurate
  • August 7, 2016:
    Serial Number 27401840 was reported as accurate
  • July 19, 2015:
    Serial Number 27400854 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Has wind indicator.
  • July 18, 2015:
    Serial Number 27400855 was reported as accurate
  • November 14, 2014:
    Serial Number 27402392 was reported as accurate
  • November 8, 2014:
    Serial Number 27401219 was reported as accurate
  • January 15, 2014:
    Serial Number 27401122 was reported as accurate
  • July 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 27402105 was reported as accurate
  • September 19, 2012:
    Serial Number 27400428 was reported as accurate
  • April 11, 2012:
    Serial Number 27401522 was reported as accurate
  • April 11, 2012:
    Serial Number 27400497 was reported as accurate