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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 69

Manufacturer: Rockford
Manufacturer Location: Rockford, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 297529
Grade: 69
Model: 8
Estimated Production Year: 1887
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 7 of 18
Total Production: 16,500
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Finish Pattern: Ray
Movement Inlay Color: Black
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Regulator: Plain
Hairspring: Flat
Escapement Type: Straight-line
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Movement Markings: R.W.Co.
Rockford, Ill.
Data Research: 1907 Rockford Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • December 31, 2017:
    Serial Number 297616 was reported as accurate
  • December 29, 2017:
    Serial Number 297616 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: I have just bought this piece and looked it up in
    Roy Ehrhardt's American Pocket Watch I.D. & Price
    Guide Book 2 Pg. 136 and it IDs as a Grade 83x 15
    jewel with a Johnson Reg. Let me know if I am
    mistaken. Thanks
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. Rockford serial lists indicate this run is Grade 69, featuring 11 screw-set jewels. Checking the plate jewels under the dial would verify whether the movement contains 11 or 15 jewels. The damaskeening pattern is consistant with catalog illustrations of Grade 69.
  • July 23, 2017:
    Serial Number 297056 was reported as accurate
  • March 28, 2017:
    Serial Number 297641 was reported as accurate
  • December 6, 2015:
    Serial Number 297143 was reported as accurate
  • September 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 297833 was reported as accurate
  • May 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 297075 was reported as accurate