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: Waterbury Watch Co.

Location: Waterbury, Connecticut

Years of Operation: 1879-1898

Production Jewels: 2-6 Jewels

Production Sizes: Variety

Factory Building Status: Demolished in the 1960s. A Home Depot currently resides on the property.

Reorgnized as the New England Watch Co., 1898

Company Timeline


Daniel A. A. Buck, a masterful mechanical engineer, designs a model watch using fewer parts than other watches on the market. This design will allow movements to be made at a much lower cost compared to other companies.

December 1879

The Waterbury Watch Co. begins operations in Waterbury, Connecticut to fulfill a large demand for a cheap watch. Charles Benedict of the Benedict & Burnham Manufacturing Co. provides some machinery for manufacturing. The first factory proves to be too small and a new factory is constructed at the expense of $500,000 in Waterbury, Connecticut, designed by H.W. Hartwell.


The Waterbury Watch Co. is producing roughtly 1,500 watches per day and employs 300 people.


The Waterbury Watch Co. is renamed as New England Watch Co. and operations remain in Waterbuy, Connecticut.

Successor: New England Watch Co.