Online Elgin Serial Number Database
Movement serial number
Case serial number
NOTE: The Elgin lookup service below is no longer active.
Please visit PocketWatchDatabase.com
to conduct Elgin lookups.
The Online Database for the Elgin Watch Company can tell you a
great deal of information about your watch, based on just the
serial number off the movement. (The "movement" is also sometimes
called the "watch works".)
- The serial number must be off the movement of the watch (where
the gears are), not off the case. These two serial numbers are unrelated. For more information see the
Watch Serial Number
- You must give the letter prefix of the serial number, if there
- If you don't have an exact Serial Number, you can use many other
Search Options. There is a lot of flexiblity here.
- There is an example with explanations
that goes over every part of the search results.
The Watch Codes are similar ones
are used by many experienced watch collectors. Also the names
that are marked on the movement have been
- If you have a quartz watch, one that uses a battery, one with a
logo, instead of the name "Elgin" on the dial, or anything
made after around 1965, then you are pretty much out of luck. I have
zero information about these newer watches. For a longer explanation,
see my Newer Elgins webpage.
- If you have a wrist watch, and the only number on the movement
is a three digit number in the range of 500-999, then there
is no serial number. You may be able to get some limited
information by entering the query
"g=<number>" (where <number> is replaced with the 3 digit
This database is the most complete and accurate records of Elgin
watches that I know of. That said, I know of errors in it, and
I know that it isn't complete. If there are
any discrepancies, verify the serial number. If the serial
number is correct please let me know about the problem by emailing me.
How to Open a Watch Case
While opening a watch isn't rocket science, a watch can
be damaged if you try to open it incorrectly. Never use
a screwdriver to try to open a case. If you really aren't sure
what to do, take it to one of your local jewelers and ask them
to show you how to open it. While it is open, make sure you
record everything written on the movement of the watch
and the watch case. These details can sometimes be important.
Kent Singer has written up a good explanation of
how to open a watch case.
Elgin Watch News
If you visit this website frequently, you may be interested in some of
the things that have changed recently.
|New sales flier and ads for Niello cases||24 Sep 2002|
Jerry Treiman has kindly sent me scans of a
1922 flier from Elgin called "For Christmas".
It includes one of the first pictures of the Hulburd presentation
Kent Singer sent me a couple more watch case ads, this time on
Kent also has sent me a copy of an
Older news can be found in the