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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: 2596703
Grade: 974 Special
Model: 2
Estimated Production Year: 1931
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: 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

2596001
Verification Serial Map
2597000
  • October 10, 2019:
    Serial Number 2596595 was reported as accurate
  • January 21, 2019:
    Serial Number 2596595 was reported as accurate
  • January 5, 2019:
    Serial Number 2596595 was reported as accurate
  • April 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 2596986 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 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 2596009 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • July 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 2596733 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • April 19, 2013:
    Serial Number 2596217 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 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 2596733 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 2, 2013:
    Serial Number 2596733 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 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 2596510 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: marked 974 special; adjusted to 3 positions
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • February 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 2596392 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: marked 974 special; adjusted to 3 positions
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • February 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 2596392 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
  • February 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 2596001 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: marked 974 special; adjusted to 3 positions
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • February 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 2596001 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
  • September 29, 2012:
    Serial Number 2596935 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 974 to 974 Special
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
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