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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 58

H.H. Taylor

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 288176
Grade: 58
Variation: H.H. Taylor
Model: 1
Class: 3
Estimated Production Year: 1873
Run Quantity: 5,000
Grade/Model Run: 22 of 29
Total Production: 28,354
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
U.S. Patents: 77078
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
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  • February 17, 2020:
    Serial Number 288725 was reported as accurate
  • January 26, 2020:
    Serial Number 286258 was reported as accurate
  • December 2, 2019:
    Serial Number 288649 was reported as accurate
  • September 20, 2019:
    Serial Number 287676 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • June 8, 2019:
    Serial Number 285036 was reported as accurate
  • May 28, 2019:
    Serial Number 288131 was reported as accurate
  • May 24, 2019:
    Serial Number 285613 was reported as accurate
  • April 22, 2019:
    Serial Number 285071 was reported as accurate
  • April 19, 2019:
    Serial Number 285071 was reported as accurate
  • April 14, 2019:
    Serial Number 285613 was reported as accurate
  • April 13, 2019:
    Serial Number 285613 was reported as accurate
  • April 12, 2019:
    Serial Number 285613 was reported as accurate
  • March 20, 2019:
    Serial Number 285071 was reported as accurate
  • January 21, 2018:
    Serial Number 289920 was reported as accurate
  • June 24, 2017:
    Serial Number 287523 was reported as accurate
  • June 21, 2017:
    Serial Number 285311 was reported as accurate
  • June 8, 2017:
    Serial Number 285979 was reported as accurate
  • February 15, 2017:
    Serial Number 287585 was reported as accurate
  • February 15, 2017:
    Serial Number 287585 was reported as accurate
  • December 21, 2016:
    Serial Number 286393 was reported as accurate
  • November 22, 2016:
    Serial Number 285811 was reported as accurate
  • November 10, 2016:
    Serial Number 288176 was reported as accurate
  • September 4, 2016:
    Serial Number 285464 was reported as accurate
  • May 26, 2016:
    Serial Number 289045 was reported as accurate
  • May 6, 2016:
    Serial Number 289626 was reported as accurate
  • January 27, 2016:
    Serial Number 289070 was reported as accurate
  • December 29, 2015:
    Serial Number 286323 was reported as accurate
  • December 12, 2015:
    Serial Number 287931 was reported as accurate
  • September 21, 2015:
    Serial Number 286663 was reported as accurate
  • July 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 289300 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement says bw raymond
  • May 25, 2015:
    Serial Number 286507 was reported as accurate
  • May 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 286743 was reported as accurate
  • March 4, 2015:
    Serial Number 286435 was reported as accurate
  • February 8, 2015:
    Serial Number 289662 was reported as accurate
  • December 5, 2014:
    Serial Number 288305 was reported as accurate
  • November 23, 2014:
    Serial Number 286861 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Elgin database says production 1874
    marked Adjusted
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • August 18, 2014:
    Serial Number 289582 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • June 9, 2014:
    Serial Number 285025 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • May 10, 2014:
    Serial Number 288754 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • November 23, 2013:
    Serial Number 288618 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • September 2, 2013:
    Serial Number 288608 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This one is marked "Adjusted." This grade existed
    in both adjusted and unadjusted versions; see
    http://elginwatches.org/scans/articles/1874_elgin_
    almanac/m_pg39.html
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • May 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 289312 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Marked 'Adjusted' on Top Plate between the Balance
    Cock and the Banking Screws
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • May 11, 2013:
    Serial Number 289694 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • May 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 289694 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • April 26, 2013:
    Serial Number 285540 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • March 15, 2013:
    Serial Number 289694 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • October 7, 2012:
    Serial Number 288746 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
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