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

Grade: Maximus

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 17023574
Grade: Maximus
Model: 1899
Estimated Production Year: 1908
Run Quantity: 100
Total Production: 13,800
Size: 16s
Jewels: 23j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Regulator: Patent
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
Research Note: Waltham Serial Lists designate this run as Model 1899. However, #17023574 has been reported as containing features more consistent with the Model 1908. (This run was produced around the time of transition from the M1899 to M1908).
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  • August 9, 2018:
    Serial Number 17023574 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: should be M1908,fitted with 4722A crown wheel 33
    crown and 45 spur teeth and 4727A winding pinion,
    wind wheel marked lossier hair spring and has
    recoil click,also marked 6 positions on barrel
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. This information has been noted in the research notes for the run.
Waltham Grade Maximus Pocket Watch