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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: Auburndale Watch Co.

Location: Auburdale, Massachusetts

Years of Operation: 1876-1883

Production Jewels: 2-7 Jewels

Production Sizes: 20s, 18s

Manufactured Auburndale Rotary Watches

Company Timeline

1876

The Auburndale Watch Co. is founded by J.R. Hopkins and W.A. Wales in Auberndale, Massachusetts.

September 1877

The first Auburndale Watch Co. "Auberndale Rotary" watches are manufactured. Unfortunately, most of the 1,000 watches produced were eventually returned by customers as defective. It is determined that the original machinery was poorly designed.

Harrisburg Daily Independent, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Tuesday, September 10, 1878

1878

The Auberndale Watch Co. begins manufacturing a 18s gilt 3/4-plate movemens - The Bently, a stem-wind variation, and the Lincoln, a key-wind variation. Unfortunately, production ceased after roughly 300 movements when it was deterined they could not be sold at a price to derive a profit.

1879

Considering the difficulties in the watch market, the Auberndale Watch Co. shifts to manufacturing dial thermometers and horse-timers.

1881

Finding much success with the dial thermometers, the Aburndale Watch Co. devotes their entire operation to this market.

August 1883

The Auburndale Watch Co. ceases operations after fianancial trouble.