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 "mechanism" of the watch).
  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
  3. Always select the correct manufacturer, which is usually stamped on the watch movement or dial.
  4. If the manufacturer is not listed on the site, you may have a "private label" watch or it may not be American-made.
  5. If the serial number includes a letter, enter it along with the number when using the lookup feature.
  6. 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.
  7. Consider uploading images of your watch by creating a collection account on the website. This is compeltely free and assists in promoting research in American horology.
  8. 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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Ball - Waltham Size 16s Model 1899

Model 1899 Diagram

Movement Diagram

Ball - Waltham Model 1899 is a 16-Size 3/4-plate -set movement featuring a nickel finish.

Model 1899 Features

Size 16s
Plate 3/4
Finish Nickel
Model 1899 Example Images

Model 1899 Production

Total Production: ~107,552
Est. Production Years: 1899 - 1921
Earliest Serial: 24,001
Latest Serial: 1,005,000
Runs: ~128
Most Frequent Run Size: 500
Distinctive Grades: 4

Model 1899 Grades

Grade Total Production Runs Production Years Earliest Serial Latest Serial Profile Code
Commercial Standard 19,480 33 1899 - 1919 24,001 988,700 16s-M1899-17j/15j/16j-ONL/HNL/HNP/ONP-U/A/A5PT
Official Standard 84,562 88 1899 - 1921 24,331 1,005,000 16s-M1899-17j/19j/21j-ONL/ONP/HNP/HNL-U/A/A5P/A5PT
Unknown 1,910 5 1902 - 1903 515,831 642,000 16s-M1899-17j-ONL-U-
999 1,600 2 1903 - 1903 640,001 640,800 16s-M1899-19j/17j-ONL-A

Estimated Timeline for Grades