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.
Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Company Profile: Cornell Watch Co.

Location: Chicago, Illinois and San Francisco, California

Years of Operation: 1870-1876

Production Jewels: 7-20 Jewels

Production Sizes: 18s

Organized from the purchase of the Newark Watch Co. and Purchased by the California Watch Co, January 1876

Company Timeline

Predecessor: Newark Watch Co.


The Newark Watch Co. is purchased by the Cornell Watch Co. from Grand Crossing, Illinois.


A factory is constructed in Grand Crossing at the cost of $70,000 to house the operations of the Cornell Watch Co.

Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada
Saturday, November 21, 1874

November 1874

The Cornell Watch Co. is moved to San Francisco, California in hopes that cheap Chinese labor can lead to a more profitable venture.

Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California
Monday, September 20, 1875


The Cornell Watch Co. is moved to Berkeley, California and renamed the California Watch Co.

Successor: California Watch Co.