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Elgin Watch Company Serial Numbers

Date S/N Date S/N Date S/N Date S/N Date S/N
1867 (Dec) 9,000 1885 (5/28) 1,855,001 1903 (5/15) 10,000,000 1921 (7/6) 24,321,001 1939 38,200,000
1868 (11/20) 25,001 1886 (8/4) 2,000,000 1904 (4/4) 11,000,000 1922 25,100,000 1940 39,100,000
1869 (5/20) 40,001 1887 2,500,000 1905 (10/6) 12,000,000 1923 26,050,000 1941 40,200,000
1870 (8/24) 50,001 1888 (6/20) 3,000,000 1906 12,500,000 1924 27,000,000 1942 41,100,000
1871 (9/8) 185,001 1889 3,500,000 1907 (4/4) 13,000,000 1925 (7/14) 28,421,001 1943 42,200,000
1872 (12/20) 201,001 1890 (8/16) 4,000,000 1908 13,500,000 1926 29,100,000 1944 42,600,000
1873 325,000 1891 (3/26) 4,449,001 1909 (2/9) 14,000,000 1927 30,050,000 1945 43,200,000
1874 (8/28) 400,001 1892 4,600,000 1910 (4/2) 15,000,000 1928 (1/11) 31,599,001 1946 44,000,000
1875 430,000 1893 (7/1) 5,000,000 1911 (7/11) 16,000,000 1929 32,000,000 1947 45,000,000
1876 480,000 1894 5,500,000 1912 (11/6) 17,000,000 1930 (July) 32,599,001 1948 46,000,000
1877 520,000 1895 (11/26) 6,000,000 1913 (4/14) 17,339,001 1931 33,000,000 1949 47,000,000
1878 570,000 1896 6,500,000 1914 18,000,000 1932 33,700,000 1950 48,000,000
1879 (2/8) 625,001 1897 (10/28) 7,000,000 1915 (2/11) 18,587,001 1933 34,558,001 1951 (9/7) 50,000,000
1880 750,000 1898 (5/14) 7,494,000 1916 19,000,000 1934 35,000,000 1952 52,000,000
1881 900,000 1899 (1/18) 8,000,000 1917 (6/27) 20,031,001 1935 35,650,000 1953 53,500,000
1882 1,000,000 1900 (11/14) 9,000,000 1918 21,000,000 1936 36,200,000 1954 54,000,000
1883 1,250,000 1901 9,300,000 1919 22,000,000 1937 (7/24) 36,978,001 1955 54,500,000
1884 1,500,000 1902 9,600,000 1920 23,000,000 1938 37,900,000 1956 55,000,000

In the 1930s, Elgin began using a letter prefix to replace the "millions" digits on their serial numbers. If your Elgin watch starts with a letter, refer to the table below.

Letter Millions Digits
X 38 or 39
C, E, T or Y 42
L 43
U 44
J 45
V 46
H 47
N 48
F 49
S 50
R 51
P 52
K 53
I 54