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

Mixed Run: 7-Jewel and 15-Jewel Movements

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 9855218
Grade: Seaside
Model: 1890
Estimated Production Year: 1900
Run Quantity: 8,000
Total Production: 993,698
Size: 6s
Jewels: 15j    Mixed Run
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Split Plate
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
Research Note: Waltham Serial Lists designate this run as Grade "Seaside" with 7-15 Jewels.
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Verifications & Observations

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9861500
  • September 23, 2019:
    Serial Number 9861444 was reported as accurate
  • September 23, 2019:
    Serial Number 9861444 was reported as accurate
  • June 21, 2019:
    Serial Number 9859042 was reported as accurate
  • June 3, 2019:
    Serial Number 9859042 was reported as accurate
  • June 3, 2019:
    Serial Number 9859042 was reported as accurate
  • May 25, 2019:
    Serial Number 9856951 was reported as accurate
  • December 19, 2018:
    Serial Number 9853722 was reported as accurate
  • November 20, 2018:
    Serial Number 9853615 was reported as accurate
  • August 8, 2018:
    Serial Number 9859496 was reported as accurate
  • August 2, 2018:
    Serial Number 9859962 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This movement is only a 7 jewel, not 15.
  • October 6, 2017:
    Serial Number 9857609 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Open face, 7 jewels
  • December 31, 2016:
    Serial Number 9856386 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • September 30, 2016:
    Serial Number 9855148 was reported as accurate
  • September 10, 2016:
    Serial Number 9857273 was reported as accurate
  • July 29, 2016:
    Serial Number 9856642 was reported as accurate
  • May 4, 2016:
    Serial Number 9855148 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Has 15 jewels, and is marked like sn.# 8582507
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 15j
  • February 15, 2015:
    Serial Number 9855222 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 15j
  • October 28, 2014:
    Serial Number 9859012 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 7j
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Configuration changed from Openface to Hunting
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4 Split
  • February 12, 2014:
    Serial Number 9858441 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Configuration changed from Openface to Hunting
  • November 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 9858038 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Configuration changed from Openface to Hunting
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4 Split
  • October 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 9855261 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Ours is a hunter movement
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Configuration changed from Openface to Hunting
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4 Split
  • June 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 9860004 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Configuration changed from Openface to Hunting
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4 Split
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