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  1. Always input the serial number from the pocket watch movement (the "mechanism" of the watch).
  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
  3. Always select the correct manufacturer, which is usually stamped on the watch movement or dial.
  4. If the manufacturer is not listed on the site, you may have a "private label" watch or it may not be American-made.
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  8. Understand that many companies did not keep accurate or complete records. As a result, information displayed on this site may have inaccuracies. This is to be expected, and we have included an option to report inaccurate information on the result pages so the database can be continually improved.
Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Illinois Grade 103 Pocket Watch

Grade: 103

Mixed Run: Models 1, 2, and 3

Private Label(s) in Run: Iowa Watch Co. - "Lincoln" // Charles Sumner, Boston // Governor // President - New York // Governor - Boston // B.O. (Baltimore

Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 210583
Grade: 103
Model: 1
Estimated Production Year: 1880
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 1,500
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Coarse
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
Dial Feet Locations: 16.5, 36.5, 53.0
Case Screw Locations: O-36.5, H-51.5
Research Note: #210,044: Model 2, #210,432: Model 3, #210,583: Model 1
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Verifications & Observations

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  • March 16, 2020:
    Serial Number 210186 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Every thing looks correct except the main plate
    has BO marked on it . This is for Baltimore& Ohio
  • November 4, 2019:
    Serial Number 210476 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Private Label: Governor, Boston
    Everything else is accurate including Key Wind
  • November 9, 2017:
    Serial Number 210583 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Private Label
    President - New York
  • September 1, 2017:
    Serial Number 210583 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement configuration: hunting (sw/ls)
    Private label Charles Sumner, Boston
  • April 28, 2017:
    Serial Number 210612 was reported as accurate
  • January 7, 2017:
    Serial Number 210445 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 210445 is PL for Iowa Watch Co. "Lincoln"
  • March 28, 2016:
    Serial Number 210769 was reported as accurate
  • November 27, 2012:
    Serial Number 210010 was reported as accurate
Illinois Grade 103 Pocket Watch