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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.
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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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We noticed that you entered a relatively short serial number. "2852" could possibly indicate the grade of the watch and not the serial number of your movement. Serial numbers are usually more than a few digits.

Grade: Stuart

Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 2852
Grade: Stuart
Model: 1
Estimated Production Year: 1872
Run Quantity: 500
Total Production: 801
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Coarse
Adjusted: Yes
Dial Feet Locations: 16.5, 36.5, 53.0
Case Screw Locations: O-36.5, H-51.5
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Verifications & Observations

Verification Serial Map
  • July 2, 2019:
    Serial Number 2569 was reported as accurate
  • March 28, 2018:
    Serial Number 2892 was reported as accurate
  • January 2, 2017:
    Serial Number 2553 was reported as accurate
  • September 30, 2016:
    Serial Number 2548 was reported as accurate
  • December 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 2645 was reported as accurate
  • December 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 2645 was reported as accurate
  • November 30, 2014:
    Serial Number 2792 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 21, 2013:
    Serial Number 2548 was reported as accurate
  • May 23, 2013:
    Serial Number 2974 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: I have this watch, the movement is marked
  • April 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 2852 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Actually it's not really inacurate, it is a Stuart
    grade, but just two things: the plates are gilded
    and this one is marked adjusted on the balance