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How to Find Info About Your Pocket Watch

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

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 18149515
Grade: Vanguard
Model: 1908
Estimated Production Year: 1911
Run Quantity: 500
Total Production: 177,450
Size: 16s
Jewels: 23j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Regulator: Patent
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
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Verifications & Observations

18149501
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18150000
  • September 15, 2018:
    Serial Number 18149677 was reported as accurate
  • November 26, 2016:
    Serial Number 18149554 was reported as accurate
  • November 20, 2016:
    Serial Number 18149554 was reported as accurate
  • October 16, 2016:
    Serial Number 18149676 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Should be railroad grade.
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. If this run is hunting instead of open face, it would not have qualifieid for American railroad service in 1911 (estimated production year).
  • August 25, 2013:
    Serial Number 18149677 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Sorry! I made an error in previous report. The
    movement,18149677, IS adjusted to 5 positions
    (located at winding wheel) and it is LEVER SET,
    making it a railroad grade.

    Apologies for the error.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
  • April 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 18149677 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Pendant to Lever
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