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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: Cheshire Watch Co.

Location: Cheshire, Connecticut

Years of Operation: 1883-1892

Production Jewels: 4-21 Jewels

Production Sizes: 20s, 18s, 6s

Total Production: 85,000+

Watches exclusively sold by L.W. Sweet in New York City

Company Timeline

October 1883

The Cheshire Watch Co. is incorporated in Cheshire, Connecticut with a capital of $100,000. Daniel A. A. Buck designs the first model movement.

April 1885

The Cheshire Watch Co. offers its first watches to the market.

1888

The Cheshire Watch Co. in producing roughly 150 movements each day.

1890

The Cheshire Watch Co. ceases operations and goes into receivorship.

Middletown Times-Press, Middletown, New York
Monday, June 6, 1892

June 1892

Seth Thomas purchases the factory belonging to The Cheshire Watch Co. and remaining stock for $60,000.

1901

O.E. Bell purchases the machinery from The Cheshire Watch Co. for use in his Remington Watch Co. factory, located in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Successor: Appleton Watch Co.