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

Mixed Run: 17-Jewel and 21-Jewel Examples Reported

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 6027131
Grade: Vanguard
Model: 1892
Estimated Production Date: April 1893 - April 1894
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 102,444
Size: 18s
Jewels: 17j    Mixed Run
Jewel Material: Ruby
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: Full Plate
Regulator: Patent
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Railroad Grade: Yes
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
Research Note: This run consists of 17-jewel and 21-jewel (upgraded) movements.
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Verifications & Observations

6027001
Verification Serial Map
6028000
  • May 24, 2019:
    Serial Number 6027888 was reported as accurate
  • April 28, 2019:
    Serial Number 6027970 was reported as accurate
  • April 3, 2019:
    Serial Number 6027702 was reported as accurate
  • November 9, 2018:
    Serial Number 6027131 was reported as accurate
  • April 14, 2018:
    Serial Number 6027947 was reported as accurate
  • February 8, 2018:
    Serial Number 6027473 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 6027473 is a PS, 21 ruby jewel OF movement
  • December 26, 2017:
    Serial Number 6027694 was reported as accurate
  • May 1, 2017:
    Serial Number 6027716 was reported as accurate
  • February 21, 2017:
    Serial Number 6027675 was reported as accurate
  • January 16, 2017:
    Serial Number 6027178 was reported as accurate
  • October 27, 2016:
    Serial Number 6027419 was reported as accurate
  • July 4, 2016:
    Serial Number 6027584 was reported as accurate
  • July 2, 2016:
    Serial Number 6027584 was reported as accurate
  • July 2, 2016:
    Serial Number 6027584 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: watch is marked 21j
  • June 7, 2016:
    Serial Number 6027103 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Jewel count is 17!
  • June 7, 2016:
    Serial Number 6027103 was reported as accurate
  • January 10, 2016:
    Serial Number 6027282 was reported as accurate
  • January 10, 2016:
    Serial Number 6027577 was reported as accurate
  • December 4, 2015:
    Serial Number 6027364 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: jewel count is 17, not 21
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
  • July 27, 2015:
    Serial Number 6027632 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: JEWELS: 17
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
  • July 13, 2015:
    Serial Number 6027632 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
  • June 27, 2014:
    Serial Number 6027239 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: My watch is 17j, as are most from this run. Please
    note that watches previously reported with "no
    jewel marking" are also 17 jewel, as the 17j
    Vanguards are not marked as to jewel count.

    Quite a few watches from this run were upjeweled
    to 21 jewels. I own 6027950, which IS 21j.

    I'd guess that probably 70% of the watches from
    this run are 17j, however.
    The 21j versions seem to be randomly scattered
    throughout the run.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
  • March 26, 2014:
    Serial Number 6027128 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
  • March 1, 2014:
    Serial Number 6027702 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Needs to be changed to 17 Jewel and 1894.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
  • February 2, 2014:
    Serial Number 6027164 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
  • November 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 6027051 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
  • October 5, 2013:
    Serial Number 6027051 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: only marked adjusted (5pos not marked)
    Not marked 21 jewel ( no mark as to how many
    jewels)
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
  • August 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 6027952 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
  • August 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 6027952 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: full-plate nickel movement
    adjusted 5 positions
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
    Plate changed from Unknown to Full
  • July 19, 2013:
    Serial Number 6027952 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Key to Pendant
  • June 26, 2013:
    Serial Number 6027526 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: it is a 21 ruby jewel, pendant set, railroad grade
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Key to Pendant
    Plate changed from Unknown to Full
  • June 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 6027526 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Key to Pendant
    Plate changed from Unknown to Full
  • May 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 6027382 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Key to Pendant
    Plate changed from Unknown to Full
  • April 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 6027283 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Key to Pendant
  • April 20, 2013:
    Serial Number 6027283 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Key to Pendant
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