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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 49

Private Label(s) in Run: L.F. Hussander - Chicago, Ills

Manufacturer: Rockford
Manufacturer Location: Rockford, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 249664
Grade: 49
Model: 6
Estimated Production Year: 1886
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 2 of 2
Total Production: 1,300
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Finish Pattern: 9x9 Grid in Square or Special Two-Tone Finish on Private Label
Movement Signing Style: Gothic Blackletter
Movement Inlay Color: Black
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Regulator: Micrometric
Escapement Type: Right-angle
Adjusted: Yes
Movement Markings: R.W.Co.
Rockford, Ill.
Safety Pinion.
Data Research: 1907 Rockford Serial List
Research Note: Some movements are not marked "Adjusted." #249144 and #249114: Verified as Two-Tone Private Label Marked for "L.F. Hussander - Chicago, Ills" (Each features a different damaskeening patterns) [JH]
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Verifications & Observations

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  • September 7, 2018:
    Serial Number 249287 was reported as accurate
  • August 11, 2018:
    Serial Number 249287 was reported as accurate
  • July 15, 2018:
    Serial Number 249690 was reported as accurate
  • May 28, 2018:
    Serial Number 249664 was reported as accurate
  • May 8, 2017:
    Serial Number 249172 was reported as accurate
  • December 15, 2015:
    Serial Number 249173 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Adjusted
  • September 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 249395 was reported as accurate
  • September 17, 2014:
    Serial Number 249869 was reported as accurate
  • September 17, 2014:
    Serial Number 249395 was reported as accurate
  • February 2, 2014:
    Serial Number 249814 was reported as accurate