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

Manufacturer: Hamilton
Manufacturer Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Movement Serial Number: 473784
Grade: 940
Model: 1
To Finishing Dept: Sep 5, 1905
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 210,596
Size: 18s
Jewels: 21j
Jewel Material: Ruby
Jewel Setting: 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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  • January 14, 2019:
    Serial Number 473621 was reported as accurate
  • March 4, 2018:
    Serial Number 473784 was reported as accurate
  • January 21, 2018:
    Serial Number 473888 was reported as accurate
  • September 8, 2017:
    Serial Number 473370 was reported as accurate
  • February 19, 2017:
    Serial Number 473216 was reported as accurate
  • February 19, 2017:
    Serial Number 473216 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 6, 2016:
    Serial Number 473916 was reported as accurate
  • October 17, 2015:
    Serial Number 473274 was reported as accurate
  • December 8, 2014:
    Serial Number 473042 was reported as accurate
  • January 12, 2014:
    Serial Number 473355 was reported as accurate