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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: 23171010
Grade: Vanguard
Model: 1908
Estimated Production Year: 1919
Run Quantity: 2,000
Total Production: 177,450
Size: 16s
Jewels: 23j
Jewel Setting: Pressed Raised Cup Settings
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Signing Style: Mixed
Movement Inlay Color: Black
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Bridge Plate
Bridge Type: 3/4
Center Wheel Material: Gold
Regulator: Ohlson 1908
Hairspring: Lossier
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 6
Railroad Grade: Yes
Wind Indicator Available: Yes
Wind Indicator Present: Yes
Quality Rating:
Movement Markings: Vanguard
Waltham, Mass.
23 Jewels
Adjusted.
6 Positions.
Lossier Inner Terminal Hair Spring
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
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Verifications & Observations

23170001
Verification Serial Map
23172000
  • April 1, 2019:
    Serial Number 23171644 was reported as accurate
  • January 25, 2019:
    Serial Number 23171000 was reported as accurate
  • October 2, 2018:
    Serial Number 23170751 was reported as accurate
  • September 4, 2018:
    Serial Number 23170489 was reported as accurate
  • May 7, 2018:
    Serial Number 23171726 was reported as accurate
  • January 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 23170550 was reported as accurate
  • July 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 23171726 was reported as accurate
  • July 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 23171726 was reported as accurate
  • May 21, 2017:
    Serial Number 23171249 was reported as accurate
  • October 22, 2016:
    Serial Number 23170609 was reported as accurate
  • July 11, 2016:
    Serial Number 23171098 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • March 6, 2016:
    Serial Number 23171546 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • December 13, 2015:
    Serial Number 23170170 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • December 6, 2015:
    Serial Number 23171420 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • November 26, 2015:
    Serial Number 23171420 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • November 24, 2015:
    Serial Number 23171420 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • November 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 23171982 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • November 1, 2015:
    Serial Number 23171850 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • October 30, 2015:
    Serial Number 23171850 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • October 4, 2015:
    Serial Number 23171371 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • May 29, 2015:
    Serial Number 23170028 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • December 19, 2014:
    Serial Number 23171869 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This is a railroad grade. Otherwise all stats are
    correct.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • November 9, 2014:
    Serial Number 23171546 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • September 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 23171863 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • September 7, 2014:
    Serial Number 23170855 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Adjusted to 6 positions, railroad grade, nickel
    plates, 24 hour up-down
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • August 8, 2014:
    Serial Number 23171700 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • April 23, 2014:
    Serial Number 23170158 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • March 31, 2014:
    Serial Number 23170515 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • March 12, 2014:
    Serial Number 23170515 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
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