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

Grade: 478

B.W. Raymond

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 42212980
Grade: 478
Variation: B.W. Raymond
Model: 15
Estimated Production Year: 1944
Run Quantity: 5,000
Grade/Model Run: 88 of 90
Total Production: 185,400
Size: 16s
Jewels: 21j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
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
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

42209001
Verification Serial Map
42214000
  • December 19, 2019:
    Serial Number 42210468 was reported as accurate
  • January 16, 2019:
    Serial Number 42212641 was reported as accurate
  • January 16, 2019:
    Serial Number 42210988 was reported as accurate
  • January 11, 2019:
    Serial Number 42210601 was reported as accurate
  • December 13, 2018:
    Serial Number 42212980 was reported as accurate
  • November 19, 2018:
    Serial Number 42213435 was reported as accurate
  • July 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 42212878 was reported as accurate
  • October 19, 2017:
    Serial Number 42209818 was reported as accurate
  • May 27, 2017:
    Serial Number 42211392 was reported as accurate
  • December 2, 2016:
    Serial Number 42212041 was reported as accurate
  • October 15, 2016:
    Serial Number 42212188 was reported as accurate
  • April 23, 2016:
    Serial Number 42210805 was reported as accurate
  • April 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 42213845 was reported as accurate
  • September 23, 2015:
    Serial Number 42213298 was reported as accurate
  • August 28, 2015:
    Serial Number 42211661 was reported as accurate
  • May 13, 2015:
    Serial Number 42212644 was reported as accurate
  • April 26, 2015:
    Serial Number 42212041 was reported as accurate
  • April 26, 2015:
    Serial Number 42212041 was reported as accurate
  • April 7, 2015:
    Serial Number 42212041 was reported as accurate
  • November 4, 2014:
    Serial Number 42213920 was reported as accurate
  • October 26, 2014:
    Serial Number 42213535 was reported as accurate
  • October 26, 2014:
    Serial Number 42213535 was reported as accurate
  • October 17, 2014:
    Serial Number 42213920 was reported as accurate
  • April 5, 2014:
    Serial Number 42212303 was reported as accurate
  • January 18, 2014:
    Serial Number 42210388 was reported as accurate
  • December 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 42210388 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: No wind indicator on this SN.
  • September 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 42212878 was reported as accurate
  • May 20, 2013:
    Serial Number 42210916 was reported as accurate
  • April 8, 2013:
    Serial Number 42209636 was reported as accurate
  • April 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 42212863 was reported as accurate
  • September 5, 2012:
    Serial Number 42209783 was reported as accurate
  • May 29, 2012:
    Serial Number 42209954 was reported as accurate
  • April 23, 2012:
    Serial Number 42212564 was reported as accurate
  • April 14, 2012:
    Serial Number 42212271 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
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Elgin Grade 478 Pocket Watch