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Lookup Elgin Serial Numbers

You can find out about how old an Elgin watch or pocketwatch is from the serial number on the movement.  Here is a way to lookup Elgin serial numbers for the year of manufacture, number of jewels and other details:


The information on this resource should not be considered highly reliable. I am still merging together various sources and applying manual corrections in light of watches I have seen. I plan to expand the information presented over time.

Data on Elgin serial numbers that begin with letters is not included at this time.

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