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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.
Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Columbus Watch Co. Pocket Watch Patents

The following gallery contains patents that were issued or assigned to Columbus Watch Co. or individuals known to be working for the company at the time. Not all designs were fully implemented into production.

Watch Center Pinion

Patent Number:157913
Description:Watch Center Pinion
Inventor: Dietrich Gruen
Patent Date:Dec 22, 1874
Registration Type:Patent

Watch Regulator

Patent Number:336060
Description:Watch Regulator
Inventor: Walter W. Owen
Assignee:Columbus Watch Co
Patent Date:Feb 9, 1886
Registration Type:Patent
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Watch Regulator

Patent Number:354283
Description:Watch Regulator
Inventor: Phillip H. Wheeler
Assignee:Columbus Watch Co
Patent Date:Dec 14, 1886
Registration Type:Patent
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Watch Dust Band

Patent Number:361625
Description:Watch Dust Band
Inventor: Dietrich Gruen
Patent Date:Apr 19, 1887
Registration Type:Patent

Watch Stem Wind & Set

Patent Number:361658
Description:Watch Stem Wind & Set
Inventor: Phillip H. Wheeler
Henry Barbier
Assignee:Columbus Watch Co
Patent Date:Apr 19, 1887
Registration Type:Patent

Watch Plate

Patent Number:372261
Description:Watch Plate
Inventor: Dietrich Gruen
Assignee:Columbus Watch Co
Patent Date:Oct 25, 1887
Registration Type:Patent

Watch Stem Wind

Patent Number:493584
Description:Watch Stem Wind
Inventor: Dietrich Gruen
Patent Date:Mar 14, 1893
Registration Type:Patent

Watch Movement Box

Patent Number:552534
Description:Watch Movement Box
Inventor: Walter W. Owen
Jacob Leukart
Assignee:New Columbus Watch Co
Patent Date:Jan 7, 1896
Registration Type:Patent