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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 305

Illinois Central

Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 4174187
Grade: 305
Variation: Illinois Central
Model: 7
Estimated Production Year: 1923
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 150,270
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Two-Tone
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: Bridge Plate
Bridge Type: False Center
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
Dial Feet Locations: 17.5, 39.0, 58.0
Case Screw Locations: 3.0, 38.0
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Verifications & Observations

4174001
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4175000
  • January 27, 2020:
    Serial Number 4174533 was reported as accurate
  • January 27, 2020:
    Serial Number 4174533 was reported as accurate
  • December 15, 2019:
    Serial Number 4174303 was reported as accurate
  • October 25, 2019:
    Serial Number 4174187 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: I believe the movement should be classified as
    "Two-Tone". Also, both dial and movement are
    labeled as, "Illinois Central".
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. The database has been updated accordingly.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Two-Tone
  • May 31, 2018:
    Serial Number 4174574 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Two-Tone
  • September 16, 2016:
    Serial Number 4174358 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Two-Tone
  • August 20, 2016:
    Serial Number 4174114 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Two-Tone
  • August 20, 2016:
    Serial Number 4174114 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Two-Tone
  • July 20, 2015:
    Serial Number 4174755 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Two-Tone
  • October 15, 2014:
    Serial Number 4174252 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Two-Tone
  • July 31, 2012:
    Serial Number 4174464 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Two-Tone
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
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