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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 60

Mixed

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 476046
Grade: 60
Variation: Mixed
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1876
Run Quantity: 3,500
Grade/Model Run: 3 of 11
Total Production: 21,500
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Balance Type: Solid
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
1904 Elgin Serial List
1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
Research Note: #475196 Reported as Marked "The Age." #477391 Reported as Marked "Advance." #475805 Reported as Marked "The Chief."
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Verifications & Observations

475001
Verification Serial Map
478500
  • June 28, 2020:
    Serial Number 476571 was reported as accurate
  • April 22, 2020:
    Serial Number 476449 was reported as accurate
  • April 19, 2020:
    Serial Number 476571 was reported as accurate
  • July 18, 2019:
    Serial Number 477577 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This has maybe 11 jewels
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. If possible, please upload an image of the movement to your collection for further evaluation and documentation.
  • February 13, 2019:
    Serial Number 477839 was reported as accurate
  • January 31, 2017:
    Serial Number 478112 was reported as accurate
  • January 8, 2017:
    Serial Number 477684 was reported as accurate
  • July 20, 2016:
    Serial Number 476046 was reported as accurate
  • March 3, 2014:
    Serial Number 477159 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: One minor note: key wind guard is held in place
    with two screws on my movement, and also on sn
    458687 as show in picture. One other note: whereas
    458687 shows a solid balance wheel with no timing
    screws, mine has timing screws on a split balance
    wheel. It is reasonable to assume this change
    occurred in the narrow time between these two
    movements. Additional decorative engraving was
    also added to the balance cock between these two
    movements.
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. This likely indicates the balance and balance bridge were swapped at some point. Check the serial number stamped under the balance bridge and compare it to the movement serial.
  • November 21, 2013:
    Serial Number 478347 was reported as accurate
  • June 21, 2013:
    Serial Number 477274 was reported as accurate
  • June 14, 2013:
    Serial Number 475167 was reported as accurate
  • May 23, 2013:
    Serial Number 477274 was reported as accurate
  • August 6, 2012:
    Serial Number 477391 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement is 11j and marked "ADVANCE" on barrel
    bridge.
  • July 9, 2012:
    Serial Number 478447 was reported as accurate
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