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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 252

Father Time

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 8695643
Grade: 252
Variation: Father Time
Model: 7
Class: 65
Estimated Production Year: 1900
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 19,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 21j
Jewel Material: Ruby
Jewel Setting: Gilded Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Signing Style: Mixed
Movement Inlay Color: Black
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Moseley
Hairspring: Breguet
Escapement Type: Straight-line
Standard Dial Type: Double-Sunk
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Adjusted to Isochronism: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
U.S. Patents: 596407
Movement Markings: Father Time
21 Jewels.
Elgin, Ill. U.S.A.
Safety Pinion
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
1904 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • August 14, 2017:
    Serial Number 8695083 was reported as accurate
  • July 27, 2017:
    Serial Number 8695083 was reported as accurate
  • January 8, 2017:
    Serial Number 8695519 was reported as accurate
  • January 7, 2017:
    Serial Number 8695519 was reported as accurate
  • December 28, 2016:
    Serial Number 8695969 was reported as accurate
  • February 4, 2015:
    Serial Number 8695975 was reported as accurate
  • January 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 8695554 was reported as accurate
  • July 13, 2014:
    Serial Number 8695410 was reported as accurate
  • June 14, 2014:
    Serial Number 8695998 was reported as accurate
  • April 13, 2013:
    Serial Number 8695432 was reported as accurate
  • November 18, 2012:
    Serial Number 8695460 was reported as accurate
  • August 22, 2012:
    Serial Number 8695454 was reported as accurate