Pocket Watch Information

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Elgin National Watch Factory, Elgin Illinois,  circa 1880s
Elgin National Watch Factory, Elgin, Illinois, circa 1880s
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Elgin Production Dates by Serial Number
Elgin (National) Watch Co, Elgin, Illinois

Remember, the serial number being referred to is the serial number on the movement (i.e. "guts") of the watch. 

Note: These are approximate dates. Actual dates may vary by years.

1867 - 9,000 (Dec) 1885 - 1,855,001 (5/28) 1903 - 10,000,000 (5/15) 1921 - 24,321,001 (7/6) 1939 - 38,200,000
1868 - 25,001 (11/20) 1886 - 2,000,000 (8/4) 1904 - 11,000,000 (4/4) 1922 - 25,100,000 1940 - 39,100,000
1869 - 40,001 (5/20) 1887 - 2,500,000 1905 - 12,000,000 (10/6) 1923 - 26,050,000 1941 - 40,200,000
1870 - 50,001 (8/24) 1888 - 3,000,000 (6/20) 1906 - 12,500,000 1924 - 27,000,000 1942 - 41,100,000
1871 - 185,001 (9/8) 1889 - 3,500,000 1907 - 13,000,000 (4/4) 1925 - 28,421,001 (7/14) 1943 - 42,200,000
1872 - 201,001 (12/20) 1890 - 4,000,000 (8/16) 1908 - 13,500,000 1926 - 29,100,000 1944 - 42,600,000
1873 - 325,000 1891 - 4,449,001 (3/26) 1909 - 14,000,000 (2/9) 1927 - 30,050,000 1945 - 43,200,000
1874 - 400,001 (8/28) 1892 - 4,600,000 1910 - 15,000,000 (4/2) 1928 - 31,599,001 (1/11) 1946 - 44,000,000
1875 - 430,000 1893 - 5,000,000 (7/1) 1911 - 16,000,000 (7/11) 1929 - 32,000,000 1947 - 45,000,000
1876 - 480,000 1894 - 5,500,000 1912 - 17,000,000 (11/6) 1930 - 32,599,001 (July) 1948 - 46,000,000
1877 - 520,000 1895 - 6,000,000 (11/26) 1913 - 17,339,001 (4/14) 1931 - 33,000,000 1949 - 47,000,000
1878 - 570,000 1896 - 6,500,000 1914 - 18,000,000 1932 - 33,700,000 1950 - 48,000,000
1879 - 625,001 (2/8) 1897 - 7,000,000 (10/28) 1915 - 18,587,001 (2/11) 1933 - 34,558,001 1951 - 50,000,000 (9/7)
1880 - 750,000 1898 - 7,494,000 (5/14) 1916 - 19,000,000 1934 - 35,000,000 1952 - 52,000,000
1881 - 900,000 1899 - 8,000,000 (1/18) 1917 - 20,031,001 (6/27) 1935 - 35,650,000 1953 - 53,500,000
1882 - 1,000,000 (3/9) 1900 - 9,000,000 (11/14) 1918 - 21,000,000 1936 - 36,200,000 1954 - 54,000,000
1883 - 1,250,000 1901 - 9,300,000 1919 - 22,000,000 1937 - 36,978,001 (7/24) 1955 - 54,500,000
1884 - 1,500,000 1902 - 9,600,000 1920 - 23,000,000 1938 - 37,900,000 1956 - 55,000,000