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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

Traffic Special Mixed Run: Lever-Set and Pendant-Set Examples Reported (Please Submit Info)

Manufacturer: Hamilton
Manufacturer Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Movement Serial Number: 2539633
Grade: 974 Special
Model: 2
To Finishing Dept: Jun 26, 1929
Run Quantity: 3,000
Total Production: 22,523
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever    Mixed Run
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 3
Railroad Grade: No
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

2539001
Verification Serial Map
2542000
  • March 17, 2019:
    Serial Number 2541753 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Pendant set
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report!
  • August 20, 2018:
    Serial Number 2540488 was reported as accurate
  • August 10, 2018:
    Serial Number 2539619 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Pendant set. Thanks!
  • August 4, 2018:
    Serial Number 2540208 was reported as accurate
  • August 3, 2018:
    Serial Number 2540589 was reported as accurate
  • November 24, 2017:
    Serial Number 2539631 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • November 3, 2017:
    Serial Number 2541538 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: lever set, not pendant
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
  • May 13, 2017:
    Serial Number 2540627 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
  • April 12, 2017:
    Serial Number 2540472 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
  • April 6, 2017:
    Serial Number 2539773 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
  • March 28, 2017:
    Serial Number 2539773 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
  • September 22, 2016:
    Serial Number 2540816 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
  • August 12, 2016:
    Serial Number 2541286 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This is a PENDENT set movement
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • August 12, 2016:
    Serial Number 2541286 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • April 20, 2016:
    Serial Number 2541204 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Pendant set not lever
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • March 23, 2016:
    Serial Number 2539633 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • February 14, 2016:
    Serial Number 2539903 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement is stamped "974 Special" and dial is
    marked "Hamilton Electric Special"
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • February 13, 2016:
    Serial Number 2539903 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • February 7, 2016:
    Serial Number 2541688 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • March 14, 2015:
    Serial Number 2541886 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • February 18, 2015:
    Serial Number 2541886 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • May 20, 2014:
    Serial Number 2539374 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • May 12, 2014:
    Serial Number 2540243 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • March 16, 2014:
    Serial Number 2539296 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • January 5, 2014:
    Serial Number 2540630 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • June 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 2541841 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This is marked as a 974 Special. IT is also a
    Traffic Special. I have the box and matching
    movement and case #.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1930 to 1935
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
  • March 22, 2013:
    Serial Number 2539110 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 974 SPECIAL
    3 POSITIONS
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1930 to 1935
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
  • February 11, 2013:
    Serial Number 2540760 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1930 to 1935
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
  • January 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 2540458 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 2540458 is a Hamilton, 974, marked " SPECIAL,
    ADJUSTED 5 Positions
  • January 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 2540458 was reported as accurate
  • December 28, 2012:
    Serial Number 2541841 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This is a traffic special. I have the origional
    box it came in with all matching ser.#
  • December 28, 2012:
    Serial Number 2541841 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1930 to 1935
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Adjusted # Positions changed from Unknown to 3
  • November 4, 2012:
    Serial Number 2540697 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Year of production = 1935
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1930 to 1935
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • October 13, 2012:
    Serial Number 2539414 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1930 to 1935
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
  • September 15, 2012:
    Serial Number 2541669 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1930 to 1935
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
  • September 1, 2012:
    Serial Number 2541669 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This movement is marked 974 special and is lever
    set.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Est. Production Year changed from 1930 to 1935
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
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