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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: American Watch Co.

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

Years of Operation: 1859-1885

Company Timeline

Predecessor: Appleton, Tracy, & Co.

1859

Appleton, Tracy, & Co. consolidates with the Waltham Improvement Co. and Imp Co. on January 1 to form the American Watch Co.

1859

V.C. Gilman and others from the American Watch Co. leave to start the Nashua Watch Co. in Nashua, New Hampshire to manufacture high-grade watches.

August 27, 1864

Several key leadership figures from the American Watch Co. leave Waltham to pursue the establishment of a new company in the midwest, forming the National Watch Company. This company is later reorganized as Elgin.

May 1876

In response to the Elgin Watch Co. reducing prices, the American Watch Co. announces prices reductions of 40-50% and further guarantees wholesalers a rebate for any watches already purchased after the start of the year.

1877

The American Watch Co. produces roughly 425 watches per day and employs 900 workers.

1885

The American Watch Co. is renamed The American Waltham Watch Co.

Successor: Waltham