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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 974 Special

Manufacturer: Hamilton
Manufacturer Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Movement Serial Number: 2538465
Grade: 974 Special
Model: 2
To Finishing Dept: May 10, 1929
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 22,523
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 3
Railroad Grade: Yes
Dial Feet Locations: 22.3, 38.0, 57.1
Hamilton 16s Dial Feet Research
Data Research: 1953 Hamilton Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

2538001
Verification Serial Map
2539000
  • May 18, 2020:
    Serial Number 2538839 was reported as accurate
  • February 5, 2020:
    Serial Number 2538328 was reported as accurate
  • January 7, 2020:
    Serial Number 2538328 was reported as accurate
  • January 6, 2020:
    Serial Number 2538328 was reported as accurate
  • December 22, 2018:
    Serial Number 2538147 was reported as accurate
  • November 3, 2018:
    Serial Number 2538060 was reported as accurate
  • June 17, 2018:
    Serial Number 2538172 was reported as accurate
  • May 5, 2018:
    Serial Number 2538018 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • January 30, 2018:
    Serial Number 2538369 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • January 16, 2018:
    Serial Number 2538302 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • October 30, 2016:
    Serial Number 2538465 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • October 4, 2015:
    Serial Number 2538018 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • December 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 2538502 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • August 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 2538870 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • January 22, 2013:
    Serial Number 2538374 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
  • January 22, 2013:
    Serial Number 2538374 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: signed adjusted to 3 positions
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
  • January 22, 2013:
    Serial Number 2538374 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
  • August 9, 2012:
    Serial Number 2538567 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 974 speical r/r yes
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Railroad Grade changed from No to Yes
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
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