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

Manufacturer: Hamilton
Manufacturer Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Movement Serial Number: 896672
Grade: 974
Model: 1
Class: 5
To Finishing Dept: Aug 10, 1912
Run Quantity: 1,600
Total Production: 114,784
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Regulator: Reed
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: No
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
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

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  • September 13, 2019:
    Serial Number 896707 was reported as accurate
  • January 29, 2019:
    Serial Number 897571 was reported as accurate
  • March 2, 2018:
    Serial Number 897662 was reported as accurate
  • November 20, 2017:
    Serial Number 897111 was reported as accurate
  • November 20, 2017:
    Serial Number 897111 was reported as accurate
  • November 19, 2017:
    Serial Number 897111 was reported as accurate
  • August 17, 2017:
    Serial Number 896854 was reported as accurate
  • August 16, 2017:
    Serial Number 896854 was reported as accurate
  • July 4, 2017:
    Serial Number 897585 was reported as accurate
  • December 26, 2016:
    Serial Number 896672 was reported as accurate
  • December 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 896444 was reported as accurate
  • December 15, 2016:
    Serial Number 896672 was reported as accurate
  • November 29, 2016:
    Serial Number 897417 was reported as accurate
  • May 14, 2016:
    Serial Number 897511 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • March 23, 2016:
    Serial Number 897342 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This is a pendent set watch.
    Curator Response: Thanks!
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Railroad Grade changed from ? to No
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • March 9, 2016:
    Serial Number 896245 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Railroad Grade changed from ? to No
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • December 31, 2015:
    Serial Number 897342 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: with it being adjusted to three position not rr
    but trolley grade.
    Curator Response: Could you confirm your watch is lever-set?
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Railroad Grade changed from ? to No
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • August 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 896526 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Railroad Grade changed from ? to No
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • August 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 896526 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Railroad Grade changed from ? to No
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • August 1, 2015:
    Serial Number 896526 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Railroad Grade changed from ? to No
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • April 19, 2015:
    Serial Number 896245 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Railroad Grade changed from ? to No
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • March 14, 2015:
    Serial Number 896666 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Railroad Grade changed from ? to No
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • March 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 897285 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Railroad Grade changed from ? to No
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • March 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 897285 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Railroad Grade changed from ? to No
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • February 16, 2015:
    Serial Number 896314 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Railroad Grade changed from ? to No
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • July 11, 2014:
    Serial Number 896245 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Railroad Grade changed from ? to No
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • March 15, 2014:
    Serial Number 896213 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Railroad Grade changed from ? to No
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • January 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 897279 was reported as accurate
  • January 10, 2013:
    Serial Number 897279 was reported as accurate
  • December 22, 2012:
    Serial Number 896571 was reported as accurate
  • December 18, 2012:
    Serial Number 897314 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Lever to Pendant
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • November 27, 2012:
    Serial Number 896245 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Lever to Pendant
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • November 16, 2012:
    Serial Number 896245 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Lever to Pendant
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • November 2, 2012:
    Serial Number 897041 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Lever to Pendant
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
  • June 28, 2012:
    Serial Number 896856 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Lever to Pendant
    Double Roller changed from Yes to No
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