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Enter the serial number from the pocket watch movement below. Do not use the case number. Tips for looking up your watch

How to Find Info About Your Pocket Watch

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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 55

Mat. Laflin

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 81180
Grade: 55
Variation: Mat. Laflin
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1871
Run Quantity: 5,000
Grade/Model Run: 35 of 99
Total Production: 73,095
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Balance Type: Expansion
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
85000
  • August 9, 2019:
    Serial Number 81408 was reported as accurate
  • July 16, 2019:
    Serial Number 81467 was reported as accurate
  • June 8, 2019:
    Serial Number 82342 was reported as accurate
  • April 2, 2019:
    Serial Number 82205 was reported as accurate
  • March 30, 2019:
    Serial Number 83564 was reported as accurate
  • February 4, 2019:
    Serial Number 83474 was reported as accurate
  • February 4, 2019:
    Serial Number 83474 was reported as accurate
  • December 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 84521 was reported as accurate
  • January 20, 2018:
    Serial Number 80846 was reported as accurate
  • November 24, 2017:
    Serial Number 84718 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • October 26, 2017:
    Serial Number 80393 was reported as accurate
  • May 7, 2017:
    Serial Number 83636 was reported as accurate
  • April 11, 2017:
    Serial Number 81670 was reported as accurate
  • February 20, 2017:
    Serial Number 84445 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • January 19, 2017:
    Serial Number 84719 was reported as accurate
  • February 14, 2016:
    Serial Number 84841 was reported as accurate
  • February 3, 2016:
    Serial Number 80237 was reported as accurate
  • January 1, 2016:
    Serial Number 80032 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 10, 2015:
    Serial Number 81759 was reported as accurate
  • May 30, 2015:
    Serial Number 82335 was reported as accurate
  • July 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 82951 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • March 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 84470 was reported as accurate
  • January 26, 2014:
    Serial Number 81736 was reported as accurate
  • August 20, 2013:
    Serial Number 83727 was reported as accurate
  • July 25, 2013:
    Serial Number 80965 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • July 8, 2013:
    Serial Number 81465 was reported as accurate
  • May 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 81065 was reported as accurate
  • February 26, 2013:
    Serial Number 83901 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement marked 'Mat. Laflin'
  • February 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 84004 was reported as accurate
  • December 17, 2012:
    Serial Number 80325 was reported as accurate
  • November 25, 2012:
    Serial Number 82205 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Matthew (Mat) Laflin
  • October 15, 2012:
    Serial Number 80251 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • July 27, 2012:
    Serial Number 83339 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
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