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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 937

Private Label(s) in Run: H.V. Taylor. - Waterloo, Iowa // HowesS Bros. - 17 Jewel Special - Clinton, Ia.

Manufacturer: Hamilton
Manufacturer Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Movement Serial Number: 89966
Grade: 937
Model: 2
Class: 2
To Finishing Dept: Oct 31, 1899
Run Quantity: 500
Total Production: 8,306
Size: 18s
Jewels: 17j
Jewel Setting: Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Regulator: Goldthwait
Hairspring: Breguet
Pallet Jewel Material: Sapphire
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: No
Dial Feet Locations: 2.6, 18.0, 38.2
U.S. Patents: 832672, 427072
Data Research: 1953 Hamilton Serial List
Research Note: #89620: Two-Tone Private Label Marked for "H.V. Taylor - Waterloo, Iowa." [IHC185]
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
90000
  • February 10, 2019:
    Serial Number 89804 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: PRIVATE LABEL
    HOWES BROS. , 17 JEWEL SPECIAL , CLINTON IA.
    ON MOVEMENT AND DIAL

    DIAL IS SINGLE SUNK .
  • February 9, 2019:
    Serial Number 89949 was reported as accurate
  • September 17, 2017:
    Serial Number 89981 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • December 5, 2016:
    Serial Number 89930 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • July 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 89870 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • February 24, 2014:
    Serial Number 89615 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
  • February 2, 2014:
    Serial Number 089698 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1 to 2
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