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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: New York Watch Co.

Location: Springfield, Massachusetts

Years of Operation: 1866-1875

Company Timeline

1864

The Mozart Watch Co. is organized in Providence, Rhode Island with a capital stock of $100,000. The company is proposed to manufacture a unique 18s movement known as the "Three-Wheeled Mozart," invented by superintendent, Don J. Mozart.

1866

The "Three-Wheeled Mozart" proves to be unsucccessful, and the stockholders of The Mozart Watch Co. decide the company must start producing a regular 18s 3/4-plate movement in order to survive. Mozart is ousted from the company, and L.W. Cushing replaces him as superintendent. The company is then renamed the New York Watch Co. Don J. Mozart moves to Ann Arbor, Michigan to start a company to continue production of his "Three-Wheeled Mozart" watch.

October 1867

The New York Watch Co. purchases two large buildings in Springfield, Massachusetts and relocates. The capital of the company is increased to $300,000.

April 25, 1870

Fire destroys the The York Watch Co. factory. Fortunately, most of the equipment is saved from destruction.

August 1870

After being restored and remodeled, The New York Watch Co. factory resumes operations.

1873

The the year of "The Great Panic," sales begin to decline rapidly. The New York Watch Co. is forced to reduce the number of empoyees.

1875

After struggling for a few years, The New York Watch Co. ceases operations. The stockholders reorganize as The New York Watch Manufacturing Co.