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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 187

Getty Model.

Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 2430396
Grade: 187
Model: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1912
Run Quantity: 350
Total Production: 3,750
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Jewel Material: Ruby
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Signing Style: Serif (Decorative)
Movement Inlay Color: Black
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Bridge Plate
Bridge Type: 3-finger
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Center Wheel Material: Gold
Regulator: Micrometer
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Adjusted to Isochronism: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
Dial Feet Locations: 24.5, 36.5, 55.5
Case Screw Locations: 3.5, 37.5
Movement Markings: Illinois Watch Co.
17 Ruby Jewels
5 Positions
Double Roller
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Verifications & Observations

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  • July 11, 2019:
    Serial Number 2430204 was reported as accurate
  • December 15, 2018:
    Serial Number 2430396 was reported as accurate
  • November 9, 2018:
    Serial Number 2430396 was reported as accurate
  • May 2, 2018:
    Serial Number 2430396 was reported as accurate
  • February 15, 2018:
    Serial Number 2430397 was reported as accurate
  • May 18, 2017:
    Serial Number 2430347 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge