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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: 81

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 978847
Grade: 81
Variation: Array
Model: 1
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1882
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
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

975001
Verification Serial Map
980000
  • December 21, 2016:
    Serial Number 976534 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: NOT G.M. Wheeler
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j or 15j to 13j
  • October 20, 2016:
    Serial Number 975476 was reported as accurate
  • September 26, 2016:
    Serial Number 976040 was reported as accurate
  • February 2, 2016:
    Serial Number 978847 was reported as accurate
  • March 30, 2015:
    Serial Number 978154 was reported as accurate
  • October 8, 2014:
    Serial Number 975166 was reported as accurate
  • July 18, 2014:
    Serial Number 978001 was reported as accurate
  • March 12, 2014:
    Serial Number 978914 was reported as accurate
  • February 17, 2014:
    Serial Number 979262 was reported as accurate
  • January 12, 2014:
    Serial Number 976595 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • October 26, 2013:
    Serial Number 977744 was reported as accurate
  • September 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 978120 was reported as accurate
  • September 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 978120 was reported as accurate
  • September 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 975727 was reported as accurate
  • September 2, 2013:
    Serial Number 975727 was reported as accurate
  • June 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 975394 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • May 15, 2013:
    Serial Number 978342 was reported as accurate
  • February 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 977276 was reported as accurate
  • October 16, 2012:
    Serial Number 979883 was reported as accurate
  • October 14, 2012:
    Serial Number 976572 was reported as accurate
  • July 31, 2012:
    Serial Number 977989 was reported as accurate
  • July 31, 2012:
    Serial Number 977089 was reported as accurate
  • July 12, 2012:
    Serial Number 979667 was reported as accurate
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