Enter the serial number from the pocket watch movement below. Do not use the case number. Tips for looking up your watch

How to Find Info About Your Pocket Watch

The Pocket Watch Database has compiled data covering the major American pocket watch manufacturers and created an easy way to find information using the serial number on the watch movement. Here are a few tips to find information about your pocket watch:

  1. Always input the serial number from the pocket watch movement (the "mechanism" of the watch).
  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
  3. Always select the correct manufacturer, which is usually stamped on the watch movement or dial.
  4. If the manufacturer is not listed on the site, you may have a "private label" watch or it may not be American-made.
  5. If the serial number includes a letter, enter it along with the number when using the lookup feature.
  6. Many pocket watch case backs screw off. Others may require a dull wide blade to pry or pop the cover. Be careful not to scratch or damage the movement.
  7. Consider uploading images of your watch by creating a collection account on the website. This is compeltely free and assists in promoting research in American horology.
  8. Understand that many companies did not keep accurate or complete records. As a result, information displayed on this site may have inaccuracies. This is to be expected, and we have included an option to report inaccurate information on the result pages so the database can be continually improved.
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American Pocket Watch Brands and Signing Names

Signing Name Manufacturer
A. Lincoln Illinois
Abbott Watch Co. E. Howard Watch Co. (Keystone)
Acme Watch Co. Trenton Watch Co.
Advance Elgin
Age Elgin
Albany Watch Co. Trenton Watch Co.
Albert Clark New York Watch Co.
Algier Watch Co. Trenton Watch Co.
Allis Illinois
Am. Waltham Watch Co. Waltham
Appleton, Tracy, & Co. Waltham
Arlington Illinois
Avery Elgin
B.W. Raymond Elgin
Ben Franklin Illinois
Boston E. Howard Watch Co. (Keystone)
Bunn Illinois
Bunn Special Illinois
C.M. Cody Cornell Watch Co.
C.T. Bowman Cornell Watch Co.
Champion Hampden
Chas. Fargo Elgin
Cheif Elgin
Crown Watch Co. New York Standard Watch Co.
Currier Illinois
Dexter Street Elgin
Diadem Hampden
Dueber Hampden
E.S. Williams Cornell Watch Co.
Elderon Lancaster Watch Co.
Equity Waltham
Excelsior New York Standard Watch Co.
F.A. Kimball Otay Watch Co.
Father Time Elgin
Four Hundred Hampden
Francis Rubie Elgin
Franklin Lancaster Watch Co.
G.M. Wheeler Elgin
Gail Borden Elgin
General Stark Hampden
George F. Root Cornell Watch Co.
George W. Waite Cornell Watch Co.
Golden Gate Otay Watch Co.
H.G. Norton New York Watch Co.
H.H. Taylor Elgin
H.Z. Cluver Elgin
Henry Molineux Seth Thomas
Hi-Grade New York Standard Watch Co.
Home Watch Co. Waltham
Homer Foot New York Watch Co.
Ideal New York Standard Watch Co.
Interstate Chronometer Illinois
J.A. Biggs New York Watch Co.
J.T. Ryerson Elgin
J.V. Farwell Elgin
John Dueber Hampden
John Evans Cornell Watch Co.
John Hancock Hampden
John L. King New York Watch Co.
Keystone Lancaster Watch Co.
Lady Elgin Elgin
Lady Raymond Elgin
Lakeshore Illinois
Leader Elgin
Lord Elgin Elgin
M.D. Ogden Elgin
Maiden Lane Seth Thomas
Marvin Watch Co. Swiss Imports
Mary Stuart Illinois
Mason Illinois
Mat Laflin Elgin
Melrose Lancaster Watch Co.
Miller Illinois
Molly Stark Hampden
Native Son Otay Watch Co.
New Era Lancaster Watch Co.
New Era [2] New York Standard Watch Co.
New Railway Hampden
No. 5 New York Watch Co.
Overland Elgin
Overland Mail Otay Watch Co.
P.H. Wheeler Otay Watch Co.
Paul Cornell Cornell Watch Co.
Perfection New York Standard Watch Co.
R.D. Perry Otay Watch Co.
Railway Hampden
Record Lancaster Watch Co.
Regent New York Standard Watch Co.
Special Railway Hampden
Springfield New York Watch Co.
Springfield Illinois Watch Co. Illinois
Standard Lancaster Watch Co.
State Street Hampden
Sterling Illinois
Stuart Illinois
Sun Dial Elgin
The Fellows Newark Watch Co.
Time King Illinois
Veritas Elgin
W.H. Ferry Elgin
West End Lancaster Watch Co.
Wilmington New York Standard Watch Co.
Wm. H. Hibbard Cornell Watch Co.
Wm. McKinley Hampden
Wm. Perry Elgin