serial number  The 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.


grade  Will 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


b  This limits the search to watches that have bridge plate movements. 
nb  This limits the search to watches that are
"nonbridge" movements. That is, full plate or 3/4 plate layouts. 

hc  This limits the search to watches with hunter case movements. 
of  This limits the search to watches with open face movements. 
cvt  This limits the search to watches with convertible movements. 
ss  This limits the search to watches with a sweep second hand. 
ns  This limits the search to watches with no second hand. 

g  This limits the search to watches with gilded finishes. 
n  This limits the search to watches with nickel damaskeening. 
t  This limits the search to watches with twotone damaskeening. 
f  This limits the search to watches with flat (matte) nickel finishes. 

kw  This limits the search to watches with key wind/key set movements. 
l  This limits the search to watches with lever set movements. 
p  This limits the search to watches with pendant set movements. 
aw  This limits the search to watches with autowind movements. 
hs  This limits the search to watches with hack setting movements. 

gb  This limits the search to watches with going barrels. 
mb  This limits the search to watches with motor barrels. 
jb  This 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. 