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: Boston Watch Co.

Location: Roxbury, Massachusetts

Years of Operation: 1853-1857

Total Production: < 5,000

Company Timeline

Predecessor: Warren Manufacturing Co.


The first Boston Watch Co. movement is manufactured.

September 1853

Edward Howard and others from the Warren Manufacturing Co. reorganize as the Boston Watch Co. in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Waltham Factory, 1857

October 5, 1854

The Boston Watch Co. is moved to a new factory in Waltham, Massachusetts.

May 1857

The Boston Watch Co. is sold at auction to Royal E. Robbins for $75,000, who reorganizes a new company as Tracy, Baker, & Co. Edward Howard and others from the Boston Watch Co. form a new company as E. Howard & Co. and utilize the factory previously occupied by the Boston Watch Co.

Successor: Tracy, Baker & Co.