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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 123

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 4885922
Grade: 123
Model: 5
Class: 9
Estimated Production Year: 1893
Run Quantity: 2,000
Total Production: 13,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 17j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Moseley
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
4886000
  • March 18, 2017:
    Serial Number 4884343 was reported as accurate
  • December 26, 2015:
    Serial Number 4885895 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: According to Elgin Watch Company Grade and Serial
    Numbers by Roy Ehrhardt, the watch is railroad
    grade.
  • December 24, 2015:
    Serial Number 4885411 was reported as accurate
  • March 18, 2014:
    Serial Number 4885604 was reported as accurate
  • October 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 4885611 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: MY MOVEMENT SERIAL NR: 4885611 IS CLEARLY STAMPED
    17 JEWEL, NOT 15
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 17j
  • June 23, 2013:
    Serial Number 4884867 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Mine is 17 , this info is reading 15j
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 17j
  • May 1, 2012:
    Serial Number 4884502 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: I verified the SZ# and the movement is brass and
    marked 17j Adjusted, also the case is nickle and
    the movement is a swing out.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 17j
  • April 3, 2012:
    Serial Number 4884212 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: its marked 17j
    was told production year 1891 and it was RR
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 17j
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