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17J South Bend Grade 217 question

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October 23, 2013, 20:03
Theodore J. Brown Sr.
17J South Bend Grade 217 question
I have a question about the 16s 17J LS 3-position gr. 217.I have an earlier fully marked one (by that I mean it has the "safety pinion" marking).Would anyone know about when these 217's went out of production? I am probably wrong, but I think they may have been dropped out of the lineup long before South Bend went under.These are a nice street railway watch, they seem kind of overlooked, some may even have been grandfathered into railroad service....Thanks! Ted.
October 24, 2013, 18:22
Rafal Woler
Last run I have found was from 1920, 1000 pieces.

Serials range 930001-931000.
And you are right, they are nice watches, looks more like 227.

October 24, 2013, 21:28
Theodore J. Brown Sr.
Thanks Rafal,they are a pretty nice bridge model S.B.I like the round-arm train wheels.Like all the higher grade South Bends, they are good-running accurate watches.Regards, Ted.