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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 417

Production Inconsistent with Factory Records. Please see research notes.

Manufacturer: South Bend
Manufacturer Location: South Bend, Indiana
Movement Serial Number: 648959
Grade: 417
Model: 1
Estimated Production Year: 1910
Run Quantity: 500
Grade/Model Run: 1 of 1
Total Production: 500
Size: 12s
Jewels: 17j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: Bridge Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Regulator: Micrometric
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Adjusted to Isochronism: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
Movement Markings: South Bend Watch Co.
Ind. U.S.A.
417
Adjusted to
Temp. & 5 Pos'ns
Double Roller
17 Jewels
Research Note: South Bend Serial Lists designate 648001-649000 as Grade 419. However, multiple movements in the second half of this run have been reported or verified as Grade 417. As a result, this run has been split for database accuracy. #648959: Verified as Grade 417 (marked).
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
649000
  • January 11, 2020:
    Serial Number 648959 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 417, Adjusted to Temp & 5 pos'ns
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 419 to 417
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 3 to 5
  • July 10, 2019:
    Serial Number 648610 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Grade 417
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 419 to 417
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 3 to 5
  • March 7, 2019:
    Serial Number 648715 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Grade 417. 17 jewel
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 419 to 417
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 3 to 5
  • September 19, 2016:
    Serial Number 648947 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: grade 417
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 419 to 417
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 3 to 5
  • December 1, 2015:
    Serial Number 648760 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: grade 417
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 419 to 417
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 3 to 5
  • February 3, 2014:
    Serial Number 648701 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Grade 417
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 419 to 417
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 3 to 5
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