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: U.S. Watch Co. (Marion, NJ)

Location: Marion, New Jersey

Years of Operation: 1864-1877

Production Jewels: 7-19 Jewels

Production Sizes: 18s, 16s, 14s, 10s

Total Production: ~60,000

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Company Timeline

July 1864

The United States Watch Co. is organized by Giles, Wales, & Co. with $500,000 in capital.


Construction of the United States Watch Co. factory in Marion, New Jersey, built entirely of glass and iron, is completed at the cost of $125,000.


The United States Watch Co. offers its first movements, named the "Federick Atherton." Production at the factory is roughly 20 movements per day.


The capital stock in The United States Watch Co. raises dramatically to $1,000,000.


After running short on capital, the United States Watch Co. (Marion) is assigned to William Muirhead and reorganized as the Marion Watch Co.


The factory mortgage is forclosed, and the Marion Watch Co. ceases operation. The company equipment is sold to Auburdale Watch Co., Fitchburg Watch Co., Independent Watch Co., and E.F. Bowman.

Successor: Marion Watch Co.