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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Elgin Grade 81 Pocket Watch

Grade: 81

G.M. Wheeler

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 852451
Grade: 81
Variation: G.M. Wheeler
Model: 1
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1881
Run Quantity: 5,000
Total Production: 53,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 13j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
Research Note: #852252 Verified as Marked G.M. Wheeler with 13 Jewels. [eBay #173154696070]
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Verifications & Observations

850001
Verification Serial Map
855000
  • April 16, 2018:
    Serial Number 852754 was reported as accurate
  • January 18, 2018:
    Serial Number 853112 was reported as accurate
  • December 11, 2017:
    Serial Number 853430 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 27, 2017:
    Serial Number 854798 was reported as accurate
  • May 25, 2017:
    Serial Number 852488 was reported as accurate
  • January 21, 2017:
    Serial Number 851516 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j or 15j to 13j
  • June 29, 2016:
    Serial Number 851411 was reported as accurate
  • May 9, 2016:
    Serial Number 854951 was reported as accurate
  • October 10, 2014:
    Serial Number 852488 was reported as accurate
  • August 12, 2014:
    Serial Number 854837 was reported as accurate
  • December 15, 2013:
    Serial Number 851062 was reported as accurate
  • December 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 851085 was reported as accurate
  • October 19, 2013:
    Serial Number 850530 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Is Open face movement.
  • September 25, 2013:
    Serial Number 852451 was reported as accurate
  • August 31, 2013:
    Serial Number 850410 was reported as accurate
  • July 21, 2013:
    Serial Number 854110 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: My Serial #854110 is key wind, Blauer invisible
    silver or pewter case.
  • April 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 853301 was reported as accurate
  • January 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 853437 was reported as accurate
  • November 24, 2012:
    Serial Number 853267 was reported as accurate
  • October 30, 2012:
    Serial Number 852471 was reported as accurate
  • June 20, 2012:
    Serial Number 853437 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: It is not a hunting style movement. It is key wind
    and key set and the key hole in the case lines up
    with the key wind mechanism on the movement and
    the 12 is at the winding stem.
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Elgin Grade 81 Pocket Watch