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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: 478

B.W. Raymond

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 28830821
Grade: 478
Variation: B.W. Raymond
Model: 15
Estimated Production Year: 1926
Run Quantity: 3,000
Grade/Model Run: 34 of 90
Total Production: 185,400
Size: 16s
Jewels: 21j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Signing Style: Mixed
Movement Inlay Color: Other
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Ball
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Railroad Grade: Yes
Wind Indicator: No
U.S. Patents: 77078, 596407
Movement Markings: B.W. Raymond
Elgin Nat'l Watch Co.
U.S.A.
21 Jewels
Adjusted 5 Positions
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

28829001
Verification Serial Map
28832000
  • February 2, 2020:
    Serial Number 28831579 was reported as accurate
  • December 21, 2019:
    Serial Number 28831739 was reported as accurate
  • April 15, 2019:
    Serial Number 28831596 was reported as accurate
  • November 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 28829494 was reported as accurate
  • April 29, 2018:
    Serial Number 28829283 was reported as accurate
  • April 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 28830800 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • February 21, 2018:
    Serial Number 28831984 was reported as accurate
  • July 28, 2017:
    Serial Number 28831627 was reported as accurate
  • November 11, 2014:
    Serial Number 28830578 was reported as accurate
  • September 3, 2014:
    Serial Number 28830578 was reported as accurate
  • August 30, 2014:
    Serial Number 28829534 was reported as accurate
  • August 6, 2014:
    Serial Number 28831645 was reported as accurate
  • April 24, 2014:
    Serial Number 28830105 was reported as accurate
  • January 25, 2014:
    Serial Number 28831214 was reported as accurate
  • October 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 28830821 was reported as accurate
  • October 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 28830821 was reported as accurate
  • August 5, 2013:
    Serial Number 28829226 was reported as accurate
  • June 25, 2013:
    Serial Number 28829951 was reported as accurate
  • April 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 28830821 was reported as accurate
  • April 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 28829998 was reported as accurate
  • November 13, 2012:
    Serial Number 28831573 was reported as accurate
  • October 31, 2012:
    Serial Number 28829202 was reported as accurate
  • October 23, 2012:
    Serial Number 28829750 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Regulator adjuster
  • October 23, 2012:
    Serial Number 28829750 was reported as accurate
  • October 9, 2012:
    Serial Number 28829750 was reported as accurate
  • June 28, 2012:
    Serial Number 28831565 was reported as accurate
  • April 9, 2012:
    Serial Number 28830741 was reported as accurate
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