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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: No. 15

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 3959203
Grade: No. 15
Variation: P.S. Bartlett Quality
Model: 1883
Estimated Production Date: June 1889 - November 1889
Run Quantity: 1,500
Total Production: 178,500
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Finish Pattern: Frosted Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Regulator: Church 1885
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: No
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • April 20, 2020:
    Serial Number 3959515 was reported as accurate
  • October 24, 2019:
    Serial Number 3959734 was reported as accurate
  • March 21, 2019:
    Serial Number 3959913 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: My watch does not say adjust it on the inside
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from Yes to No
  • March 22, 2018:
    Serial Number 3959532 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from Yes to No
  • February 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 3959203 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Marked Appleton Tracy, frosted nickel finish
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. The "Appleton Tracy & Co." engraved on the movement appears to be an after-market addition, as it is not in the typical style seen on other M1883 A.T.&Co. movements. Several of the "No. 15" movements featured a frosted nickel finish and the "American Waltham Watch Co." style is consistent with this grade.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from Yes to No
  • May 28, 2014:
    Serial Number 3959858 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from Yes to No
  • February 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 3959952 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from Yes to No
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