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Elgin Watch Serial Number List


serial number year serial number year
9,000 1867 17,000,000 1912
25,000 1868 17,339,000 1913
40,000 1869 18,000,000 1914
50,000 1870 18,587,000 1915
185,000 1871 19,000,000 1916
201,000 1872 20,031,000 1917
325,000 1873 21,000,000 1918
400,000 1874 22,000,000 1919
430,000 1875 23,000,000 1920
480,000 1876 24,321,000 1921
520,000 1877 25,100,000 1922
570,000 1878 26,050,000 1923
625,000 1879 27,000,000 1924
750,000 1880 28,421,000 1925
900,000 1881 29,100,000 1926
1,000,000 1882 30,050,000 1927
1,250,000 1883 31,599,000 1928
1,500,000 1884 32,000,000 1929
1,855,000 1885 32,599,000 1930
2,000,000 1886 33,000,000 1931
2,500,000 1887 33,700,000 1932
3,000,000 1888 34,558,000 1933
3,500,000 1889 35,000,000 1934
4,000,000 1890 35,650,000 1935
4,449,000 1891 36,200,000 1936
4,600,000 1892 36,978,000 1937
5,000,000 1893 37,900,000 1938
5,500,000 1894 38,200,000 1939
6,000,000 1895 39,100,000 1940
6,500,000 1896 40,200,000 1941
7,000,000 1897 41,100,000 1942
7,495,000 1898 42,200,000 1943
8,000,000 1899 42,600,000 1944
9,000,000 1900 43,200,000 1945
9,300,000 1901 44,000,000 1946
9,600,000 1902 45,000,000 1947
10,000,000 1903 46,000,000 1948
11,000,000 1904 47,000,000 1949
12,000,000 1905 48,000,000 1950
12,500,000 1906 50,000,000 1951
13,000,000 1907 52,000,000 1952
13,500,000 1908 53,500,000 1953
14,000,000 1909 54,000,000 1954
15,000,000 1910 54,500,000 1955
16,000,000 1911 55,000,000 1956

These are approximate production dates. Oftentimes, a block of serial numbers would be assigned and the movement plates blanked out; then the plates would be stored in the warehouse and finished as demand required. So, it is possible that a watch could have been completed some years after the serial number date.