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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 70

Elgin Nat'l. Watch Co.

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 744028
Grade: 70
Variation: Elgin Nat'l. Watch Co.
Model: 2
Class: 1
Estimated Production Year: 1880
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 12 of 53
Total Production: 74,500
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Signing Style: Old English
Movement Inlay Color: None
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Moseley
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
U.S. Patents: 77078
Movement Markings: Elgin Nat'l. Watch Co.
Patent Pinion
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
1904 Elgin Serial List
1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
Research Note: #744984: Verified as marked "Elgin Nat'l. Watch Co.; Adjusted; Patent Pinion" (Barrel bridge not marked).
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  • August 18, 2018:
    Serial Number 744984 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Hi,the pocket watch full hunter has gilt
    movement no 7449844 has no mention of B W
    Raymond? dial elgin natl watch co
    15 jewels, grade 70, lever set, 893108 is the
    case no diana can you help
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. If possible, please upload an image of the movement to your collection so we can take a closer look.
  • August 15, 2018:
    Serial Number 744984 was reported as accurate
  • August 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 744984 was reported as accurate
  • December 31, 2015:
    Serial Number 744116 was reported as accurate
  • October 18, 2015:
    Serial Number 744028 was reported as accurate
  • September 12, 2015:
    Serial Number 744781 was reported as accurate
  • July 25, 2015:
    Serial Number 744251 was reported as accurate
  • February 28, 2014:
    Serial Number 744497 was reported as accurate
  • October 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 744225 was reported as accurate
  • May 15, 2013:
    Serial Number 744932 was reported as accurate