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 Companies

Manufacturer Name Location Years of Operation
Adams & Perry Watch Manufacturing Co. Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1874-1877
American Horologe Co. Roxbury, Massachusetts 1851
American Repeating Watch Co. Elizabeth, New Jersey 1885-1892
American Watch Co. Waltham, Massachusetts 1859-1885
Ansonia Clock Co. Brooklyn, New York 1896-1929
Appleton Watch Co. Appleton, Wisconsin 1901-1903
Appleton, Tracy, & Co. Waltham, Massachusetts 1857-1859
Auburndale Watch Co. Auburdale, Massachusetts 1876-1883
Aurora Watch Co. Aurora, Illinois 1883-1892
Ball Watch Co. Cleveland, Ohio 1891-1960
Bannatyne Watch Co. New York, New York 1905-1911
Benedict & Burnham Co. Waterburry, Connecticut 1855-1870
Benedict & Burnham Mfg. Co. Waterburry, Connecticut 1870-1880
Boston Watch Co. Roxbury, Massachusetts 1853-1857
Brown, Robert & Sons 1883-1856
Burlington Watch Co. Chicago, Illinois 1908-1925
California Watch Co. Berkeley, California 1876-1877
Charles Fasoldt Rome, New York and Albany, New York 1849-1878
Cheshire Watch Co. Cheshire, Connecticut 1883-1892
Chicago Watch Co. Chicago, Illinois 1895-1903
Columbia Watch Co. Waltham, Massachusetts 1896-1899
Columbus Watch Co. Columbus, Ohio 1874-1903
Cornell Watch Co. Chicago, Illinois and San Francisco, California 1870-1876
Corona Watch Co. New York 1900-
Crescent Watch Co.
D Goddard & Son Worcester, Massachusetts 1842-1850
D. Goddard & Co. Worcester, Massachusetts 1860-1872
D.D. Palmer Watch Co. Waltham, Massachusetts 1864-1875
D.N. Freeman & Co. Atlanta, Georgia 1885-1887
Dudley Watch Co. Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1920-1925
E. Howard & Co. Roxbury, Massachusetts 1857-1861
E. Howard Watch & Clock Co. Roxbury, Massachusetts 1881-1903
E. Howard Watch Co. (Keystone) Waltham, Massachusetts 1902-1930
E. Ingraham Co. Bristol, Connecticut 1912-1968
E.F. Bowman Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1879-1882
E.H. Flint Cincinnati, Ohio 1877-1879
E.N. Welch Mfg. Co. Bristol, Connecticut 1834-1897
Edgemere Watch Co. Chicago, Illinois
Elgin National Watch Co. Elgin, Illinois 1864-1968
Excelsior Watch Co. Bedford, Massachusetts
Fitchburg Watch Co. Fitchburg, Massechusetts 1875-1878
Fredonia Watch Co. Fredonia, New York 1884-1885
Freeport Watch Manufacturing Co. Freeport, Illinois 1874-1875
George P. Reed Boston, Massachusetts 1865-1885
Goddard & Co. Worcester, Massachusetts 1857-1860
Gruen Watch Co. 1870-
Hamilton Watch Co. Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1892-1969
Hampden Watch Co. Springfield, Massachesetts and Canton, Ohio 1877-1927
Herman von der Heydt Chicago, Illinois 1883-1895
Howard Clock & Watch Co. Roxbury, Massachusetts 1861-1863
Howard Davis & Dennison Roxbury, Massachusetts 1850-1851
Howard Watch & Clock Co. Roxbury, Massachusetts 1863-1881
Illinois Watch Co. Springfield, Illinois 1869-1948
Independent Watch Co. Fredonia, New York 1880-1884
Ingersoll Watch Co. 1892-1922
International Watch Co. Newark City, New Jersey 1902-1907
J.H. Allison Detroit, Michigan 1853-1890
J.H. Mulford Albany, New York 1842-1876
J.P. Stevens Watch Co. Atlanta, Georgia 1882-1887
J.R. Brown & Sharpe Providence, Rhode Island 1856-
Jacob D. Custer Norristown, Pennsylvania 1840-1845
Jacob Karr Washington, DC 1857-1895
James & Henry Pitkin Hartford, Connecticut 1838-1852
Jonas G. Hall Montpelier, Vermont and Miliwood Park/Roxbury, Vermont 1850-1890
Kankakee Watch Co. Kankakee, Illinois 1900
Kelly Watch Co. Chicago, Illinois 1896
Keyless Watch Co.
Keystone Standard Watch Co. Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1884-1891
Keystone Watch Case Co. 1885-1927
Knickerbocker Watch Co. New York, New York 1890-1930
L. Goddard & Co. Worcester, Massachusetts 1817-1825
Lancaster Penn Watch Co. Ltd. Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1877-1879
Lancaster Watch Co. Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1879-1884
Les Reymond
Luther D. Goddard Worcester, Massachusetts 1850-1857
Luther Goddard Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 1809-1825
M.S. Smith & Co. Detroit, Michigan 1870-1874
Manhattan Watch Co. New York, New York 1883-1891
Manistee Watch Co. Manistee, Michigan 1908-1912
Marion Watch Co. Marion, New Jersey 1872-1874
McIntyre Watch Co. Kanakee, Illinois 1908-1911
Melrose Watch Co. Melrose, Massachusetts 1866-1868
Mozart Watch Co. Providence, Rhode Island and Ann Arbor, Michigan 1864-1870
Nashua Watch Co. Nashua, New Hampshire 1859-1862
National Watch Co. Elgin, Illinois 1864-1874
New England Watch Co. Waterbury, Connecticut 1898-1914
New Haven Clock & Watch Co. New Haven, Connecticut 1853-1956
New Haven Watch Co. New Haven, Connecticut 1883-1887
New Jersey Watch Co. New York, New York 1888-
New York Chronograph Watch Co. New York, New York 1880-1885
New York City Watch Co. New York, New York 1890-1897
New York Springfield Watch Co. Springfield, Massachusetts 1866-1876
New York Standard Watch Co. Jersey City, New Jersey 1885-1929
New York Watch Co. Springfield, Massachusetts 1866-1875
New York Watch Manufacturing Co. Springfield, Massachusetts 1875-1876
Newark Watch Co. Newark, New Jersey 1863-1870
Non-Magnetic Watch Co. Geneva, Switzerland and USA 1887-1905
Osaka Watch Co. Osaka, Japan 1893-1896
Otay Watch Co. Otay, California 1889-1894
P & D Goddard Worcester, Massachusetts 1825-1842
Peerless Watch Co. San Francisco, California 1892-
Peoria Watch Co. Peoria, Illinois 1885-1895
Philadelphia Watch Co. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1868-1886
Potter Brothers Chicago, Illinois 1870-1875
Potter Watch Co. New York, New York 1855-1875
Quick Train Rockford Watch Co. Waldboro, Maine
Railroad Watch Co. Albany, New York 1896-
Reliance Watch Co.
Robert H. Ingersoll & Bros. New York, New York 1892-1922
Rock Island Watch Co. Rock Island, Illinois 1871-1872
Rockford Watch Co. Rockford, Illinois 1873-1915
Royal Gold American Watch Co. New York, New York
San Jose Watch Co. San Jose, California 1891
Self-Winding Watch Co.
Seth Thomas Watch Co. Thomaston, Connecticut 1885-1915
Smith D. French Wabash, Indiana 1866-1878
South Bend Watch Co. South Bend, Indiana 1902-1929
Springfield Illinois Watch Co. Springfield, Illinois 1879-1885
Standard Watch Co. of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnestoa
Standard Watch Co. of Syracuse Syracuse, New York 1888-
Sterling Clock and Watch Co. Sterling, Illinois 1889-1895
Suffolk Watch Co. Waltham, Massachusetts 1899-1901
Tracy, Baker & Co. Waltham, Massachusetts 1857
Tremont Watch Co. Boston, Massachusetts 1864-1866
Trenton Watch Co. Trenton, New Jersey 1887-1908
U.S. Watch Co. (Marion, NJ) Marion, New Jersey 1864-1877
U.S. Watch Co. (Waltham, Mass) Waltham, Massachusetts 1885-1903
Union Watch Co. New York, New York 1908-
W. Hanson 1887-
W.C. Potter Chicago, Illinois 1875-1876
American Waltham Watch Co. Waltham, Massachusetts 1852-1957
Warren Manufacturing Co. Roxbury, Massachusetts 1851-1853
Washington Street Watch Co. Chicago, Illinois
Washington Watch Co. Washington, D.C. 1872-1874
Waterbury Watch Co. Waterbury, Connecticut 1879-1898
Westclox Athens, Georgia 1899-
Western Clock Co. Peru, Illinois 1895-1930
Western Clock Manufacturing Co. Peru, Illinois 1888-1895
Western Watch Co. Chicago, Illinois 1877-1880
Wichita Watch Co. Wichita, Kansas 1887-1888
Williamstown Watch Co. Williamstown, Massachusetts 1883-