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

5th Pinion.

Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 172112
Grade: Columbia
Model: 3
Estimated Production Year: 1881
Run Quantity: 300
Total Production: 9,650
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Setting: Lever
Wind Mechanism:Transitional
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Coarse
Railroad Grade: No
Dial Feet Locations: 1.5, 21.5, 38.0
Case Screw Locations: 23.5, 51.5
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Verifications & Observations

172101
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  • August 9, 2019:
    Serial Number 172112 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This watch can be would by either stem winding OR
    key winding...a conversion or transition of some
    kind? I think I read somewhere that the Model 2
    was transitional and both key wind and stem wind?
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. The database has been updated accordingly.
  • August 9, 2019:
    Serial Number 172112 was reported as accurate
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