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 "guts" of the watch).
  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
  3. If the serial number includes a letter, enter it along with the number when using the lookup feature.
  4. 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.
  5. Always select the correct manufacturer, which is usually stamped on the watch movement.
  6. If the manufacturer is not listed on the site, you may have a "private label" watch or it may not be American-made.
  7. 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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Company Profile: Appleton Watch Co.

Location: Appleton, Wisconsin

Years of Operation: 1901-1903

Production Jewels: 7-21 Jewels

Production Sizes: 18s, 16s

Total Production: < 3,000

Factory Building Status: Demolished in October 1973. A Family Dollar store current exists on the property.

Company Timeline

September 28, 1900

The Bell Watch Co. purchases 500 acres of land in Appleton, Wisconsin to be partially used for a new watch factory.

October 1901

The Remmington Watch Co. is incorporated with a capital stock of $300,000, headed by Orpheus E. Bell.

October 1901

The Bell Watch Co. transfers the land designated for the factory to the Remminton Watch Co.


Construction of the Remmington Watch Co. factory is completed and machinery purchased from the defunct Cheshire Watch Co. is moved into the building.

February 1902

The Remington Watch Co. offers its first watches, modified movements from the Cheshire Watch Co. that are refinished using the "Appleton Watch Co." name.

June 1902

A Brooklyn-based watch case company is purchased and merged with the Remmington Watch Co.

September 25, 1903

The Remmington Watch Co. ceases operations after falling behind on payroll and operating expenses. The company produced less than 3,000 watches in its short existance.

The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wisconsin, Thursday, October 11, 1973

October 1973

The former Appleton Watch Co. factory is demolished.