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

Location: Elgin, Illinois

Years of Operation: 1864-1874

Production Sizes: 18s

Rebranded as the Elgin Watch Co. in 1874

Company Timeline

August 1864

The National Watch Co. is incorporated in Chicago, Illinois.

1866

Construction of the watch factory in Elgin, Illinois is completed.

April 1867

The National Watch Co. sells its first movement for about $115.00, an 18s key wind and key set quick train B.W. Raymond, named after the president of the company, serial number 101.

June 1873

The first stem-wound model is manufactured as a lever-set quick train 18s H.Z. Culver, serial number 155,001.

1874

The National Watch Co. is rebraded as Elgin National Watch Co.

Successor: Elgin