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

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 12087723
Grade: Riverside
Model: 1899
Estimated Production Year: 1902
Run Quantity: 500
Total Production: 56,539
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Regulator: Patent
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
Research Note: Waltham Serial Lists designate this run as 17 Jewels. #12087723 has been verified as featuring 17 Jewels (marked). #12087635 and #12087967 have been reported as featuring 19 Jewels.
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  • February 16, 2019:
    Serial Number 12087723 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This serial #12087723 is 17J not 19.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 19j to 17j
  • March 29, 2018:
    Serial Number 12087635 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: I own this watch S# 12087635 in Excellent
    condition. It is not 17 Jewel is 19 Jewels. Hope
    that helps...If you want an image of it let me
    know T.William *****@Computer.Org

    Tom Williams

    PS I enjoy your site...Thank You...
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. The database has been updated accordingly.
  • October 12, 2017:
    Serial Number 12087723 was reported as accurate
  • July 4, 2017:
    Serial Number 12087508 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Watch has 17 jewels not 19
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 19j to 17j
  • March 19, 2014:
    Serial Number 12087967 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: All correct except jewel count. Movement marked
    19j. Finish is nickel, dasmaskeened.
  • February 9, 2014:
    Serial Number 12087954 was reported as accurate