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    Ferguson Dial: Decoding the Swiss Style Codes Marked on Reverse

    Thanks for posting, Greg. To add to this wonderful example, here is (1) an ad published in the November 5, 1913 issue of The Jewelers' Circular Weekly showing the dial/hands combination and (2) an original box with dial/hands. Notice the request in the box lid for old dials to create "an...
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    Ferguson Dial: Decoding the Swiss Style Codes Marked on Reverse

    The 12-Size follows the same transposed size code for the first two digits as other examples (21). However, the recorded Hampden dial is intriguing because the last two digits would be expected on a Hamilton dial. This is the only code recorded that falls outside of the standard manufacturer...
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    Elgin convertible 3 finger bridge

    Agreed. I should clarify that those are not reported serial numbers. The anomalies are derived from a statistical analysis that indicates probable and possible surviving examples within a run based on volume of unique lookups and sequential clustering. Think of it as an adapted histogram for...
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    Elgin convertible 3 finger bridge

    That post is from years ago and should be updated accordingly. My current estimates for Grade 91 align with the 350 figure, with the necessary note of unusual anomalies found at #942854 and #942969 (statistical support, not seen or verified). For the sake of updating the thread, here are the...
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    Need help identifying the model or movement number of this Columbus.

    The movement appears to be consistent with the Grade 20 classification (18-Size, Gilt, Hunting, 7 Jewels).
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    Ferguson Dial: Decoding the Swiss Style Codes Marked on Reverse

    Updated List: As of May 4, 2021 Elgin: 18s Full Plate – 8100 18s “Veritas Model” (8/9) – 8102 16s – 6102 Hamilton: 18s – 8112 16s – 6112 Hampden 18s – 8123 16s – ? 12s – 2112 E. Howard: Ns – 8132 Howard (Keystone): 16s – 6130 Howard (Waltham): 16s – 6132 Illinois: 18s – 8142 16s –...
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    Ferguson Dial: Decoding the Swiss Style Codes Marked on Reverse

    Thanks! I have confirmation from another source on the 12s Rockford being 2162 as well. Thanks for providing additional support. I will add it to the list.
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    Ferguson Dial: Decoding the Swiss Style Codes Marked on Reverse

    Thanks, Jerry. I believe you are correct. The 6132 is for the Waltham-Howard. I will update the list accordingly. I agree. Production for this one was an odd choice.
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    Elgin Ferguson Dial - What watch does it go with?

    I would recommend pushing it a bit later. This style was being advertised and sold in greater volume c.1911-1914. A 16-Size Veritas from this era would be appropriate.
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    Ferguson Dial: Decoding the Swiss Style Codes Marked on Reverse

    With the notable exception of the 12s Hampden dial, the third digit appears to be associated with the manufacturer: 0: Elgin 1: Hamilton 2: Hampden 3: Howard (E. Howard and Keystone Howard) 4: Illinois 5: ? 6: Rockford 7: South Bend 8: Waltham
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    Ferguson Dial: Decoding the Swiss Style Codes Marked on Reverse

    Thanks, Fred. I will add these to the list as well. Please post photos when you are able. Thanks!
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    Ferguson Dial: Decoding the Swiss Style Codes Marked on Reverse

    I figured that was it. Thanks for posting an image to confirm, darrahg!
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    Ferguson Dial: Decoding the Swiss Style Codes Marked on Reverse

    Shortly after the Ferguson Dial Company was organized by Louis Buck Ferguson, dials were imported in larger batches from an unidentified company in Switzerland. The back of each dial was marked with the patents issued in various countries and stamped with a large four-digit number to signify...
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    Veritas case

    Correct. The image that Jskirk posted is an advertisement published in the March 1901 issue of The Keystone, referenced here: https://blog.pocketwatchdatabase.com/2021/01/24/introduction-of-the-elgin-model-1901-18-size-model-8-no-214-veritas-no-239-veritas-and-no-240-b-w-raymond/
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    Veritas case

    Correct. Elgin introduced this line to the market in 1901. You may be interested in the recent study posted on the "Veritas Model": https://blog.pocketwatchdatabase.com/?s=Veritas ...especially William A. Gabriel's beautiful cutaway illustration of the No. 214 that took two years to complete...

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