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Grade: 2

Anomaly in Run (See Research Notes)

Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 1242547
Grade: 2
Model: 2
Estimated Production Year: 1894
Run Quantity: 100
Total Production: 78,087
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Coarse
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Dial Feet Locations: 16.5, 36.5, 53.0
Case Screw Locations: 23.5, 51.5
Research Note: #1242547: Verified as Marked "17 Jewels" (images of watch confirm jeweling). The movement is not marked "Adjusted" but does feature Chalmers Micrometric Regulator. Records designate run as Grade 2 with 11 jewels. However, the Grade of #1242547 cannot be determined based on original factory descriptions.
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Verifications & Observations

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  • March 3, 2020:
    Serial Number 1242513 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Mine is the same as the one described in the
    research notes. Chalmers Micrometric regulator
    marked 17 jewels Not marked Adjusted.
  • January 27, 2018:
    Serial Number 1242547 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement Marked "17 Jewels"
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report and images. I have made notes detailing your watch on this run.