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Elgin Movement Serial Numbers Look-up, Updating!



I am in the process of completing significant updates to the Elgin watch serial number and production information site.  As part of this process I have created a parallel test and development page.  It's ready form some early access!

http://wheeler.elgintime.com:8080/elgintime/SnumLookup

You will not see too much different so far, but this is a new server on a fresh and recent operating system, security upgrades and upgraded database software.  The service has also been ported from an old Glassfish to a fancy new jBoss 7 application server.

Check it out, and see the new changes first!

Meanwhile, http://home.elgintime.com:8080/elgintime/SnumLookup continues to work fine. Eventually I will migrate the new stuff over.

Enjoy!
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