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Elgin Database Search Options

OptionExplanation
serial numberThe serial number, if given, must be the first option on the line. The special character '?' can be used as wild cards to match any digit. The character '*' can be used to match any number of digits. You can also use '[123]' to match any of the digits 1, 2 or 3. This kind of thing can be real handy when you are looking at a blurry picture on a web site and can only make out some of the digits, and you aren't sure if one of the digits is a 3, or an 8.
 
gradeWill cause serial number ranges not to be listed. Just the grade information will be displayed. When you are using wild cards in the serial numbers or just using the other selection options, this option will make the output much shorter.
 
n=This limits the search to watches with a given name. All "names" are two or three letter abbreviations, or the special names of '-' or '?'.

Valid names are: ADV, AGE, AVR, CHF, HZC, DEX, FT, FGO, FAR, FRY, FR, GB, LDY, LDR, LAF, LED, LE, OGD, OVR, BWR, RYR, TAY, VER, GMW, STD, NWC, INT, CAL, SUN, ATL, ACM, SOL, 149, 150, 181, 270, 274, 280, 333, 348, 349, HUL, DLX, STR, S17, LES, TRN, ELT

See the Elgin Names for a longer explanation of these short codes

r= This limits the search to watches with a given regulator type.
Valid regulator types are: f, e, r, o, j, h, d

See the Watch Regulators webpage for a longer explanation of these short codes

 
bThis limits the search to watches that have bridge plate movements.
nbThis limits the search to watches that are "non-bridge" movements. That is, full plate or 3/4 plate layouts.
 
hcThis limits the search to watches with hunter case movements.
ofThis limits the search to watches with open face movements.
cvtThis limits the search to watches with convertible movements.
ssThis limits the search to watches with a sweep second hand.
nsThis limits the search to watches with no second hand.
 
gThis limits the search to watches with gilded finishes.
nThis limits the search to watches with nickel damaskeening.
tThis limits the search to watches with two-tone damaskeening.
fThis limits the search to watches with flat (matte) nickel finishes.
 
kwThis limits the search to watches with key wind/key set movements.
lThis limits the search to watches with lever set movements.
pThis limits the search to watches with pendant set movements.
awThis limits the search to watches with auto-wind movements.
hsThis limits the search to watches with hack setting movements.
 
gbThis limits the search to watches with going barrels.
mbThis limits the search to watches with motor barrels.
jbThis limits the search to watches with jeweled motor barrels.
See the Mainspring Barrels web page for a longer explanation of these short codes.
 
In the following options, the '=' can be replaced with '<', '<=' '>', or '>='.
 
g=This limits the search to watches of a given grade number.
c=This limits the search to watches in a given class.
s=This limits the search to watches of a given size.
j=This limits the search to watches with a given number of jewels.
a=This limits the search to watches with a given number of adjustments.
m=This limits the search to a given model within a size.
t=This limits the search to watches with a given total production count.
u=This limits the search to watches with a given run size.
y=This limits the search to watches in a given year.
l=Sets a limit on the total number of lines of output to create.
v=This control how verbose the output should be. The larger the number, the more information will be listed. Use v=9 to show all details.

Examples:

Serial Number: 12345
This will tell you about serial number 12345.

Serial Number: H71????
This will tell you about all watches in the ranges that begin with the serial number "H71".

Serial Number: 12???321 s<=12 j>21
This will tell you about all watches that have serial numbers starting with '12', followed by any three numbers and ending in '321'. The watches must also be 12s or smaller and have more than 21 jewels. This happens to show two different watches, one a grade 194 and one a grade 190

Serial Number: 1[389]1?2??? n=bwr j=19 s=18
This will end up finding a single run of grade 240 BWRaymonds.

While I'm not an expert, I believe the information on this page is correct. Please send suggestions and corrections to the webmaster.
This web site runs on 100% Open Source Software. This web page was last changed on 10/04/2002 at 00:53:11.