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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 940

Private Label(s) in Run: J. Murbach - Elyria, Oh.

Manufacturer: Hamilton
Manufacturer Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Movement Serial Number: 148956
Grade: 940
Model: 1
To Finishing Dept: Jan 12, 1901
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 210,596
Size: 18s
Jewels: 21j
Jewel Material: Ruby
Jewel Setting: Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Finish Pattern: Damaskeened
Movement Inlay Color: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Regulator: Goldthwait
Hairspring: Breguet
Standard Dial Type: Double-Sunk
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Adjusted to Isochronism: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
Dial Feet Locations: 2.6, 18.0, 38.2
U.S. Patents: 832672, 427072
Data Research: 1953 Hamilton Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • December 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 148402 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 940 contract J Murbach Elyria Oh. dial &
  • October 20, 2018:
    Serial Number 148860 was reported as accurate
  • March 31, 2018:
    Serial Number 148956 was reported as accurate
  • March 2, 2018:
    Serial Number 148402 was reported as accurate
  • October 4, 2017:
    Serial Number 148322 was reported as accurate
  • August 4, 2014:
    Serial Number 148295 was reported as accurate
  • July 31, 2014:
    Serial Number 148698 was reported as accurate
  • June 30, 2014:
    Serial Number 148130 was reported as accurate
  • October 5, 2013:
    Serial Number 148992 was reported as accurate
  • September 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 148151 was reported as accurate
  • July 26, 2013:
    Serial Number 148974 was reported as accurate
  • May 29, 2013:
    Serial Number 148822 was reported as accurate
  • September 14, 2012:
    Serial Number 148775 was reported as accurate