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Request for Rockford Serial Numbers from 1-255,000

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March 21, 2020, 12:46
Harry J. Hyaduck Sr.
Request for Rockford Serial Numbers from 1-255,000
Here is another one Bila.

Rockford movement number: 97835


March 21, 2020, 15:45
Gary E. Cochran
Here is another Rockford I have...Serial 8950 and I recorded it as 15 jewels...


March 21, 2020, 15:46
Gary E. Cochran
The dial...


March 21, 2020, 20:29
Bila Wirriganwalters
Thanks Gary, added to the database mate as we did not have itSmile
March 22, 2020, 15:32
Gary E. Cochran
Here is a incomplete I have ser. 66879...Looks like an 11 jewel kw & ks...


March 22, 2020, 15:32
Gary E. Cochran
Front plate..


March 22, 2020, 18:55
Bila Wirriganwalters
Excellent Gary, added to the database, good to have that jeweling confirmed with that under-dial picSmile
March 23, 2020, 10:42
Gary E. Cochran
Bila another partical out of the junkers drawer...Serial 33501 (15 jeweler)


March 23, 2020, 10:43
Gary E. Cochran
Front plate...


March 23, 2020, 19:34
Bila Wirriganwalters
Thanks again Gary, another we did not have, some interesting lever arrangements on some of these Model 2 Rockford'sSmile
March 24, 2020, 13:23
Gary E. Cochran
Todays parts movement is serial number 41802 (7 jeweler)


March 24, 2020, 13:24
Gary E. Cochran
front plate


March 24, 2020, 22:59
Ronny Manis
Here are the 4 I have.

Serial number 248386


March 24, 2020, 23:05
Ronny Manis
serial number 87780


March 24, 2020, 23:10
Ronny Manis
Serial number 222817


March 24, 2020, 23:11
Ronny Manis
Serial number 44204


March 25, 2020, 01:55
Harry J. Hyaduck Sr.
Here is another ebay Rockford Bila. I am not sure if you saw the one at the top of this page or not. This one is a low number 7086
March 25, 2020, 03:44
Bila Wirriganwalters
Thanks Gary, much appreciated another we didn't have.
March 25, 2020, 03:47
Bila Wirriganwalters
Thanks Ronny, a nice little collection of them, had none of those, so have all been added.

Could you let me know if you have had that dial of that Model 6 Exposed Escapement Rockford to check the jewel count at all, thank you?
March 25, 2020, 03:48
Bila Wirriganwalters
Thanks Harry, we have that one mate, but an interesting one with what appears to be a rocking bar lever set-up, would love to see under the dialSmile
March 25, 2020, 11:02
Gary E. Cochran
Another partial 15 jewel movement...Serial 18263...


March 25, 2020, 11:03
Gary E. Cochran
front plate...


March 25, 2020, 17:19
Harry J. Hyaduck Sr.
You could always send him an email Bila. I don't know if he works on them or not but he does know it is an 11j movement. All he can say is he doesn't know what is under the hood.

Harry
March 25, 2020, 17:42
Bila Wirriganwalters
That parts bin of yours Gary is a nice little treasure troveSmile
March 25, 2020, 17:43
Bila Wirriganwalters
Thanks Harry I just will and see if he respondsSmile
March 25, 2020, 22:10
Harry J. Hyaduck Sr.
Here is another one this guy dissembled Bila.

Movement number: 147383


March 25, 2020, 23:32
Bila Wirriganwalters
Thanks Harry, didn't have that number, I am surprised that he hadn't pulled the dial off that as he normally does and sells them separately.

On another note that Seller got back to me about the previous one we were discussing. He hasn't lifted the dial for photos and it is not going to happen, (can not say that I blame him, but no harm in asking).


March 26, 2020, 00:20
Harry J. Hyaduck Sr.
Bila the only thing I can guess on pulling the dial is that I bet he did and it was missing some feet so he put it back on with whatever feet it had.

The other one I can't say I blame him but it was worth a try just in case he had.
March 26, 2020, 14:06
Gary E. Cochran
Another parts movement...Serial 156820...Looks like a 9 jeweler..


March 26, 2020, 14:07
Gary E. Cochran
Front plate..


March 26, 2020, 14:09
Gary E. Cochran
This little guy is a 8 size...Serial number 202129...It is a 11 jewel two tone movement....


March 26, 2020, 14:11
Gary E. Cochran
front plate...


March 26, 2020, 18:36
Bila Wirriganwalters
Thanks once again Gary, your finds have been greatSmile

The production of Ladies watches by Rockford has always interested me as it looked like the factory produced absolutely nothing else from serial #200,xxx through to #219,xxx except for the Ladies 8 & 6 size watches (did they have a mass of other sizes produced in stock but not sold) Confused

First was the 8 size then came the 6 size, the 6 size watches supposedly run right up to 219,xxx but I have never ever seen one higher then 215,xxx. So we have a massive gap in the production figures at present between 215,xxx up to that 219,xxxFrown

Around the time of this gap also the Rockford Company had a loss of some staff to the Aurora Watch Company, including a dispute with their Production Superintendent. They also had a reduction in their working hours per day during the production runs of there ladies 6 size.

So I wonder if maybe that also contributed to this gap in production figures. Around the same time they were gearing up for the 16 Size Model 1 raised plate watches and they where released according to periodicals of the day around 1886, but I have not seen any 16 size from that serial block either, so I am still left wondering what happened to productionConfused