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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 56

Grade 53 Movement Discovered in Run

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 350423
Grade: 56
Model: 1
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1874
Run Quantity: 600
Grade/Model Run: 1 of 2
Total Production: 1,100
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
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Research Note: #350423: Verified as a 10-Size, Model 1, Style 1 Movement featuring 7 Jewels and a Solid Gold Balance Wheel, consistent with a Grade 53 classification. Movement Marked "Elgin Nat'l. Watch Co." with no markings indicating a safety pinion. (Photo with Clear Serial Number Closely Inspected)
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  • October 21, 2018:
    Serial Number 350423 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 10s grade 54 7j key gilt, key wind and set from
    the back
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. There is a run of Grade 54 with serials 352,001-353,000. If the lookup serial number is correct on the movement, please upload an image so we can take a closer look, espcially since this is a low-production grade. Thanks.