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  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 554

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: U36990
Grade: 554
Model: 7
Estimated Production Year: 1947
Run Quantity: 42,000
Total Production: 1,298,000
Size: 8/0s
Jewels: 15j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Flat
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • March 6, 2019:
    Serial Number U17898 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • August 3, 2018:
    Serial Number U36990 was reported as accurate
  • May 5, 2018:
    Serial Number U34685 was reported as accurate
  • November 15, 2016:
    Serial Number U15103 was reported as accurate
  • March 7, 2016:
    Serial Number U39824 was reported as accurate
  • January 22, 2016:
    Serial Number U17461 was reported as accurate
  • March 14, 2014:
    Serial Number U18817 was reported as accurate
  • December 8, 2013:
    Serial Number U6498 was reported as accurate
  • October 12, 2013:
    Serial Number U37216 was reported as accurate
  • September 5, 2013:
    Serial Number U13740 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • June 24, 2012:
    Serial Number U38501 was reported as accurate