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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 2

Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 770720
Grade: 2
Model: 2
Estimated Production Year: 1890
Run Quantity: 2,900
Total Production: 78,087
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Coarse
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Dial Feet Locations: 16.5, 36.5, 53.0
Case Screw Locations: 23.5, 51.5
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Verifications & Observations

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  • September 20, 2019:
    Serial Number 770019 was reported as accurate
  • September 20, 2019:
    Serial Number 770019 was reported as accurate
  • February 23, 2019:
    Serial Number 771787 was reported as accurate
  • November 24, 2017:
    Serial Number 771591 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: movement railroad grade. front of watch must be
    opened too set hands using lever situated at 5
    o, clock position
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. This watch would not have qualified for service on the majority of American railroads at the time of production.
  • November 21, 2016:
    Serial Number 770026 was reported as accurate
  • January 11, 2016:
    Serial Number 771139 was reported as accurate
  • September 26, 2015:
    Serial Number 771323 was reported as accurate
  • April 5, 2014:
    Serial Number 771507 was reported as accurate
  • November 8, 2013:
    Serial Number 772455 was reported as accurate
  • March 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 772253 was reported as accurate
  • May 13, 2012:
    Serial Number 771531 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Mine is Open Face and previously identified as
    Model 3, 4-pinion, course train. "2012 Complete
    Price Guide to Watches" suggests movement #771531
    was produced in or about 1887.