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

Private Label(s) in Run: Independent Watch Co. - Fredonia, N.Y. // C.E. Gifford

Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 181204
Grade: Columbia
Model: 1
Estimated Production Year: 1880
Run Quantity: 2,000
Total Production: 38,013
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Jewel Setting: Friction Settings
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Signing Style: Formal Script
Movement Inlay Color: None
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Coarse
Regulator: Plain
Railroad Grade: No
Dial Feet Locations: 16.5, 36.5, 53.0
Case Screw Locations: O-36.5, H-51.5
Research Note: Some or all feature gilt plates and nickel balance cock
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Verifications & Observations

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  • October 23, 2019:
    Serial Number 182291 was reported as accurate
  • March 26, 2017:
    Serial Number 182374 was reported as accurate
  • September 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 181270 was reported as accurate
  • July 3, 2015:
    Serial Number 181270 was reported as accurate
  • June 25, 2014:
    Serial Number 181028 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • October 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 182433 was reported as accurate
  • February 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 182143 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: No.The plates and Jewel count are the same. But
    The vesion I am looking at is a private lable. CE
    Gifford. Possibly if you get enough info you
    canestablish a CE Gifford S/N designation.
    contact me any time at fordf14 *****@juno.com if
    you need more info. Thanks Scott
  • June 2, 2012:
    Serial Number 182443 was reported as accurate