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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: J.P. Stevens Watch Co.

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Years of Operation: 1882-1887

Production Jewels: 11-17 Jewels

Production Sizes: 18s, 16s, 6s

Total Production: 169

Average Rarity:

Company Timeline

Predecessor: E.F. Bowman

1879

E.F. Bowman is founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with the assistance of W.H. Todd, whom designed the first model, a 16s fully-jeweled 3/4-nickel-plate movement.

January 9, 1881

J.P. Stevens & Co., a jewelry and silver shop in Atlanta, Georgia, begin to advertise as a watch manufacturering factory.

1882

E.F. Bowman decides to devote his time to the wholesale jewelry trade and sells his watchmaking operation to J.P. Stevens Watch Co. of Atlanta, Georgia. A new factory is constructed to house the manufacturing operation.

The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia
Thursday, June 29, 1882

June 7, 1882

The J.P. Stevens Watch Co. is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia with a capital of $20,000.

The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia
Sunday, May 20, 1883

April 1884

The J.P. Stevens Watch Co. moves from 34 Whitehall St. to 23 Whitehall St. in Atlanta, Georgia.

1885

J.C. Freeman, the largest stockholder in the J.P. Stevens Watch Co. dies, and his heirs cause turmoil within the company. The Stevens brothers deside to sell their interest to the Freeman heirs and a new company is formed as D.N. Freeman & Co.

The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia
Saturday, November 14, 1885

November 10, 1885

The J.P. Stevens Watch Co. is dissolved.

1887

The D.N. Freeman & Co. fails and ceases operations.