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Request for Rockford Serial Numbers from 1-255,000 "Click" to Login or Register 
IHC Member 1555
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Great John thank you, would you happen to have a picture you can uploaded?
 
Posts: 2173 | Location: Gladstone in Australia | Registered: January 14, 2011
IHC Member 1892
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Hi Bila. I can take a pic but am having trouble

"compressing" them. I will contact Dr. Debbie and see if she can help out. John
 
Posts: 354 | Location: Kincardine, Ontario in Canada | Registered: November 25, 2013
IHC Member 1555
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Thanks JohnSmile
 
Posts: 2173 | Location: Gladstone in Australia | Registered: January 14, 2011
IHC Member 1613
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Bila ran across this one today...Nine jeweler...Serial number 86552

 
Posts: 1967 | Location: Chesapeake City, Maryland in the USA | Registered: September 27, 2011
IHC Member 1613
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Front plate...

 
Posts: 1967 | Location: Chesapeake City, Maryland in the USA | Registered: September 27, 2011
IHC Member 1555
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Thanks GarySmile
 
Posts: 2173 | Location: Gladstone in Australia | Registered: January 14, 2011
IHC Member 1555
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Just a tidbit of info on some of these earlier Rockford's, in the first 15,000 produced on the numbers we have at present there are approximately 16 changes backwards and forwards between the Model 1 & 2's. Also within those first 15,000 there are more then 75 Grade changes (of the available Grades of the time), so as you see it will take a lot of numbers to find out what, when and how many of these differences there are.

So I implore anyone with numbers or examples laying around could you please contact me or upload photos and details of what you have (if unsure photos speak a thousand words, this info should include if possible; serial, model type, if stem & lever or key-wind & set and jewel count) if you have not already done so, thanks to all for their contributions to date and thanks for any that are forthcomingSmile
 
Posts: 2173 | Location: Gladstone in Australia | Registered: January 14, 2011
IHC Member 1892
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Hi Bila> Re: #156367 Hopefully the enclosed picture will show this movement (it is a picture I have on file) . Just got a new computor operating and hopefully got the "compressing" thing figured out. Maiden try!. If it is succeccful and you would like to see other pics of it let me know.

 
Posts: 354 | Location: Kincardine, Ontario in Canada | Registered: November 25, 2013
IHC Member 1892
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another pic.

 
Posts: 354 | Location: Kincardine, Ontario in Canada | Registered: November 25, 2013
IHC Member 1892
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Bila. I do not have any pics of under the dial. If important I can do that, John
 
Posts: 354 | Location: Kincardine, Ontario in Canada | Registered: November 25, 2013
IHC Member 1555
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Appears to be a 9 Jewel Model 2 stem win & lever set John, can you confirmed that it only has the 2 jewels on the back plate, as the 2 pivot holes under the balance wheel are hard to see?
 
Posts: 2173 | Location: Gladstone in Australia | Registered: January 14, 2011
IHC Member 1892
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Holes under balance wheel are jewelled. I had thought from my other pics that they were not jewelled but it was bothering me a bit so I dug out the watch to see and they are definatly jewelled holes in the back plate. The front I am not sure. As I have it out would you like me to check under the dial. John
 
Posts: 354 | Location: Kincardine, Ontario in Canada | Registered: November 25, 2013
IHC Member 1555
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Please if you could John that would be greatSmile
 
Posts: 2173 | Location: Gladstone in Australia | Registered: January 14, 2011
IHC Member 1892
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Hi Bila. Looked at front plate and those two holes are not jewelled. I took pics but for some unknown reason cannot download to computor.If/when I get that sorted I will post. John
 
Posts: 354 | Location: Kincardine, Ontario in Canada | Registered: November 25, 2013
IHC Member 1555
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That would be great if you can get it sorted John, a clear picture of the dial plate side would be good, as it is odd to be a 13 jewel.
 
Posts: 2173 | Location: Gladstone in Australia | Registered: January 14, 2011
IHC Member 1555
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Also John is it possible to see a better view of those to hole jewels on the back plate to see how they are fitted, as the hole sizes look smaller then they should be for a factory job?
 
Posts: 2173 | Location: Gladstone in Australia | Registered: January 14, 2011
IHC Member 1892
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I will do that when I get my downloading problem. Have a good day, John
 
Posts: 354 | Location: Kincardine, Ontario in Canada | Registered: November 25, 2013
IHC Member 1892
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Pic 3156367

 
Posts: 354 | Location: Kincardine, Ontario in Canada | Registered: November 25, 2013
IHC Member 1892
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Another

 
Posts: 354 | Location: Kincardine, Ontario in Canada | Registered: November 25, 2013
IHC Member 1892
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Front plate Anything else- let me know. John

 
Posts: 354 | Location: Kincardine, Ontario in Canada | Registered: November 25, 2013
IHC Member 1555
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Excellent John Thank You, this is what Rockford called "Plain Jeweling" in their Grades. Also this one has created another different data point in the serial database.
 
Posts: 2173 | Location: Gladstone in Australia | Registered: January 14, 2011
IHC Member 1892
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Hi Bila: Glad to be of some assistance, however small. Appreciate you efforts for all you do. John
 
Posts: 354 | Location: Kincardine, Ontario in Canada | Registered: November 25, 2013
IHC Member 1555
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Just bringing this up to keep it in everyone's thoughts as we are still chasing serial numbersSmile
 
Posts: 2173 | Location: Gladstone in Australia | Registered: January 14, 2011
IHC Member 1613
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Bila this is the 7502 I found in a drawer I hadn't been in for a while...11 Jewel marked on the M/S barrel cover...

 
Posts: 1967 | Location: Chesapeake City, Maryland in the USA | Registered: September 27, 2011
IHC Member 1613
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Pic 2 Sorry my photo skills arn't a little better...

 
Posts: 1967 | Location: Chesapeake City, Maryland in the USA | Registered: September 27, 2011
IHC Member 1555
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Excellent Gary, photos are fine and another serial we didn't have, cheersSmile
 
Posts: 2173 | Location: Gladstone in Australia | Registered: January 14, 2011
IHC Member 1650
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Bila - I have a couple of early Rockfords. The first is #15323. You may already have this one. I posted a question about it a couple of years ago.

It has:
gilt plates
11 jewels
It is KW/KS - but also has a stem wind conversion for a hunting case that doesn't work.
2 case screws

#15323
 
Posts: 348 | Location: Illinois in the USA | Registered: November 17, 2011
IHC Member 1650
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Dial side:

#15323
 
Posts: 348 | Location: Illinois in the USA | Registered: November 17, 2011
IHC Member 1650
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Next is #90291

gilt plates
7 jewels
KW/KS
1 case screw

#90291
 
Posts: 348 | Location: Illinois in the USA | Registered: November 17, 2011
IHC Member 1555
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Thank you Douglas, these 2 cleared up a couple of errors, the 7 jewel had erroneously been reported from another source as 9 jewel and the other was originally seen in a key-wind case but yet fell in a run of Mode 2 transitional's, so info very much appreciatedSmile
 
Posts: 2173 | Location: Gladstone in Australia | Registered: January 14, 2011
IHC Member 1555
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For all who are interested in these earlier Rockford production runs just a tid-bit of an update regarding the chopping and changing of movement variants.

I have just briefly gone through the first 40,000 serial numbers (based on the small selection we have at present) and have found that the Models as designated (based on the model 1 & 2's and the like) changed backward and forwards 55 times in this first 40,000 numbers and the variances within those model changes show 160 different Types/Grades (these different types refer to jeweling and the like but not including variances in font and other attributes). These numbers could change to a degree as we get more added to the database.

So as you see to work out exactly what was produced by the Rockford Watch Factory a lot more numbers will be needed. So if you have any please put them forward for this important research. Also for those that have already, your participation is very much appreciatedSmile
 
Posts: 2173 | Location: Gladstone in Australia | Registered: January 14, 2011
IHC Life Member
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Here's one for your list, Bila.
18s serial # 140222. 13 jewels. Third and 4th wheels jeweled only on back plate. Lever set, stem wind, Hunter case gilt movement with pinned on dial. Marked EXTRA on mainspring bridge.

 
Posts: 676 | Location: Washington in the USA | Registered: May 23, 2010
IHC Member 1555
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Cheers Steven, Keep'em comingSmile
 
Posts: 2173 | Location: Gladstone in Australia | Registered: January 14, 2011
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