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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.
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Elgin National Watch Co. Catalogs

Ancient and Modern Time Keepers: Containing Interesting Notice of the Works of the National Watch Company at Elgin, Illinois and Their Wonderful Machinery (c.1869) Cover Image
National Watch Co. Elgin Almanac 1872 Cover Image
National Watch Co. Elgin Almanac 1873 Cover Image
National Watch Co. Elgin Almanac 1874 Cover Image
Elgin National Watch Co. Elgin Almanac 1875 Cover Image
Elgin National Watch Co. Elgin Almanac 1876 Cover Image
Society, Sporting & Fancy Dials Manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Co. Cover Image
Net Price List of Materials Manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Co. (1896) Cover Image

Net Price List of Materials Manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Co. (1896)

Cover Title Page Introductory Letter Classification of Movements Arbors, Barrel Arbors, Pallet Arbors, Setting Arbors, Sweep-Second Arbors, Winding Arms, Vibrating Balances Bands, Dust Bars, Setting Bands, Dust Bars, Setting Barrels Barrels and Arbors, Fitted Cams, Setting Cams, Setting Spring Caps, Arbor Caps, Ratchet Clamps, Ratchet Clamps, Minute Wheel Clamps, Setting Wheel Clicks Clutches, Setting Clutches, Winding and Setting Collets, Barrel Arbor Collets, Hair Spring Cups, Arbor Cups, Center Dials - Society, Sporting and Fancy Dials Dials, Special Forks Hands, Hour and Minute Hands, Second Indexes Jewels, Balance - Lower and Upper Jewels, Cap Balance - Lower and Upper Jewels, Cap Escape and Pallet - Lower Jewels, Cap Escape and Pallet - Upper Jewels, Centre - Lower Jewels, Centre - Upper Jewels, Escape - Upper Jewels, Escape and Pallet - Lower Jewels, Fourth - Lower Jewels, Fourth - Upper Jewels, Pallet - Upper Jewels, Pallet Stones Jewels, Roller or Jewel Pin Jewels, Sweep Second Bridge Jewels, Third - Lower Jewels, Third - Upper Levers, Cam Levers, Clutch Levers, Setting Nuts, Centre Pinion Nuts, Patent Regulator Nuts and Screws, Patent Regulator Pallet with Stones Fitted Pallets and Forks, with Stones Fitted Pallets, Forks and Arbors Pinions, Bevel Pinions, Cannon Pinions, Centre Pinions, Escape Pinions, Fourth Pinions, Sweep Second Pins, Bevel Pinion Pins, Setting Pinions, Third Pivots, Bevel Pinion Ratchets Regulators Rings, Friction Screws - Use and Number Price of Screws Springs, Arm - Vibrating Springs, Cam Springs, Click Springs, Hair - Colleted Springs, Clutch Lever Springs, Setting Lever Springs, Main (Mainsprings) Springs, Regulator Springs, Setting Staffs, Balance Staffs, Centre Shippers, Setting Stop Works, Female Stop Works, Male Studs, Hair Spring Studs, Main Wheel Washers, Arbor Washers, Centre Staff Washers, Main Screw Washers, Ratchet Wheel Wheels, Centre Wheels, Centre and Staff - Fitted Wheels, Escape Wheels, Escape and Pinion Wheels, Fourth Wheels, Fourth and Pinion Wheels, Hour Wheels, Inter-Setting Wheels, Inter-Winding Wheels, Main Wheels, Minute Wheels, Ratchet Wheels, Setting Wheels, Third Wheels, Third and Pinion Assorted Material Screws Bars, Pendant Springs, Pendant Parts of Plates [Serial List] Number and Grade with Classification and Description of Movements Index
The Ways of a Watch (c.1898) Cover Image
Net Price List of Materials Manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Co. (1904) Cover Image

Net Price List of Materials Manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Co. (1904)

Cover Title Page Introductory Letter Grades of Movements with Classification and Description Parts of Plates Models of Movements Arbors, Barrel Arbors, Pallet Arbors, Setting Arbors, Sweep-Second Arbors, Winding Arms, Vibrating Balances Bands, Dust Bars, Setting Bands, Dust Barrels Barrels and Arbors, Fitted Bushings, Barrel Arbor Bushings, Centre Staff Cams, Setting Cams, Setting Spring Caps, Arbor Caps, Ratchet Clamps, Ratchet Clamps, Minute Wheel Clamps, Ratchet Wheel Clamps, Setting Wheel Clicks Clutches, Setting Collets, Hair Spring Cups, Arbor Cups, Center Dials Location of Dial Feet Forks Hubs, Barrel Hubs, Barrel Arbor Hands, Hour and Minute Hands, Second Indexes Jewels, Cap, Arbor, Pallet - Lower Jewels, Cap, Arbor, Pallet - Upper Jewels, Cap, Pinion, Escape - Lower Jewels, Cap, Pinion, Escape - Upper Jewels, Cap, Staff, Balance - Lower Jewels, Cap, Staff, Balance - Upper Jewels, Hole, Arbor, Barrel - Lower Jewels, Hole, Arbor, Barrel - Upper Jewels, Hole, Arbor, Sweep Second - Upper Jewels, Hole, Arbor, Pallet - Lower Jewels, Hole, Arbor, Pallet - Upper Jewels, Hole, Pinion, Escape - Lower Jewels, Hole, Pinion, Escape - Upper Jewels, Hole, Pinion, Fourth - Lower Jewels, Hole, Pinion, Fourth - Upper Jewels, Hole, Pinion, Third - Lower Jewels, Hole, Pinion, Third - Upper Jewels, Hole, Staff, Balance - Lower and Upper Jewels, Hole, Staff, Center - Lower Jewels, Hole, Staff, Center - Upper Jewels, Pallet Stones - Right or Left Jewels, Roller or Jewel Pin Levers, Cam Levers, Clutch Levers, Setting Nuts, Center Pinion Nuts, Center Wheel Nuts and Screws, Patent Regulator Pallets, with Stones Fitted Pallets and Forks, with Stones Fitted Pallets, Forks and Arbors, with Stones Fitted Pinions, Escape Pinions, Bevel Pinions, Fourth Pinions, Cannon Pinions, Center Pinions, Sweep Second Pins, Bevel Pinion Pins, Setting Pinions, Third Pivots, Bevel Pinion Ratchets Regulators Rings, Friction Rollers, Safety Rollers, Table Rollers, Table, with Jewels Fitted Screws - Use and Number Price of Screws Sleeves, Winding Arbor Springs, Arm - Vibrating Springs, Cam Springs, Click Springs, Hair - Colleted Springs, Clutch Lever Springs, Setting Lever Springs, Main (Mainsprings) Springs, Regulator Springs, Setting Staffs, Balance Staffs, Center Shippers, Setting Stop Works, Female Stop Works, Male Studs, Hair Spring Studs, Main Wheel Washers, Arbor Washers, Centre Pinion Washers, Center Staff Washers, Main Screw Washers, Ratchet Wheel Wheels, Center Wheels, Center - Complete Wheels, Escape Wheels, Escape and Pinion Wheels, First Wheels, First, with Barrel Arbor and Hub Wheels, Fourth Wheels, Fourth and Pinion Wheels, Hour Wheels, Inter-Setting Wheels, Inter-Winding Wheels, Main Wheels, Minute Wheels, Ratchet Wheels, Setting Wheels, Third Wheels, Third and Pinion Bars, Pendant Springs, Pendant Assorted Material Screws Timing Screws [Serial List] Number and Grade with Classification and Description of Movements Index
Timemakers and Timekeepers Booklet (c.1904) Cover Image
Supplement to Net Price List of Materials Manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Co. (1909) Cover Image

Supplement to Net Price List of Materials Manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Co. (1909)

Cover Title Page Introductory Letter Grades of Movements with Classification and Description Models of Movements Arbors, Barrel Arbors, Pallet Arbors, Winding Arms, Vibrating Balances Bands, Dust (Ring) Bars, Setting Bushings, Barrel Arbor Barrels Barrels, Hubs and Screw, Fitted Cams, Setting Cams, Setting Spring Clamps, Minute Wheel Clamps, Ratchet Wheel Clamps, Setting Wheel Clicks Clutches, Setting Clutches, Winding and Setting Collets, Hair Spring Dials Location of Dial Feet Forks Hubs, Barrel Hubs, Barrel Arbor Hands, Hour and Minute Hands, Second Indexes Jewels, Balance, Hole - Upper Jewels, Balance, Hole - Lower Jewels, Balance Cap - Upper Jewels, Balance Cap - Lower Jewels, Barrel Arbor - Upper Jewels, Barrel Arbor - Lower Jewels, Center - Upper Jewels, Center - Lower Jewels, Escape - Upper Jewels, Escape - Lower Jewels, Escape Cap - Upper Jewels, Escape Cap - Lower Jewels, Fourth - Upper Jewels, Fourth - Lower Jewels, Pallet - Upper Jewels, Pallet - Lower Jewels, Pallet Cap - Upper Jewels, Pallet Cap - Lower Jewels, Third - Upper Jewels, Third - Lower Jewels, Pallet Stones - Right or Left Jewels, Roller or Jewel Pin Levers, Clutch Levers, Setting Nuts, Center Wheel Nuts and Screws, Patent Regulator Pallets, with Stones Fitted Pallets and Forks, with Stones Fitted Pallets, Forks and Arbors, with Stones Fitted Pinions, Bevel Pinions, Cannon Pinions, Center Pinions, Escape Pinions, Fourth Pinions, Third Pins, Bevel Pinion Regulators Rings, Friction Rollers, Safety Rollers, Combination Rollers, Table Rollers, Table, with Jewels Fitted Screws, Use and Number Price of Screws Sleeves, Winding Arbor Springs, Arm, Vibrating Springs, Cam Springs, Click Springs, Hair, Breguet, with Collets and Studs Springs, Hair, Breguet - Table with Grades and Strength Required Springs, Clutch Lever Springs, Setting Lever Springs, Setting Springs, Regulator Springs, Main (Mainsprings) Staffs, Balance Staffs, Center Studs, Hair Spring Washers, Center Pinion Washers, Center Staff Washers, Ratchet Wheel Washers, Main Screw Wheels, Center Wheels, Center - Complete Wheels, Escape Wheels, Escape and Pinion Wheels, First Wheels, First, with Barrel Arbor and Hub Wheels, Fourth Wheels, Fourth and Pinion Wheels, Hour Wheels, Inter-Setting Wheels, Inter-Winding Wheels, Main Wheels, Minute Wheels, Ratchet Wheels, Setting Wheels, Ring Wheels, Third Wheels, Third and Pinion Wheels, Ring (Illustration) [Serial List] Number and Grade with Classification and Description of Movements Index
Time Taking, Time Keeping (1913) Cover Image
Net Price List of Materials Manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Co. (1915) Cover Image

Net Price List of Materials Manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Co. (1915)

Cover Title Page Introductory Letter Grades of Movements with Classification and Description Models of Movements Arbors, Barrel Arbors, Pallet Arbors, Winding Arbors, Setting Arbors, Sweep Second Arms, Vibrating Fancy Dials, Open Face and Skylight Dials Balances Bands, Dust Bars, Setting Barrels Barrels, Hubs and Screws, Fitted Bushings, Barrel Arbor Bushings, Center Staff Cams, Setting Cams, Setting Spring Caps, Arbor Caps, Ratchet Clamps, Minute Wheel Clamps, Ratchet Clamps, Setting Wheel Clamps, Ratchet Wheel Clicks Clutches, Setting Clutches, Winding and Setting Collets, Hair Spring Collets, Barrel Arbor Cups, Arbor Cups, Center Prices of Dials Illustrations of Dials Location of Dial Feet Springs, Click Springs, Hair, Breguet - Table with Grades and Strength Required Illustrations of Metal Dials Springs, Setting Forks Hubs, Barrel Hubs, Barrel Arbor Hands, Hour and Minute Wheels, First, with Barrel Arbor and Hub Hands, Second Wheels, Ring Indexes Jewels, Balance, Hole - Upper Jewels, Balance, Hole - Lower Jewels, Balance Cap - Upper Jewels, Balance Cap - Lower Jewels, Barrel Arbor - Upper Jewels, Barrel Arbor - Lower Jewels, Center - Upper Jewels, Sweep Second Arbor - Upper Jewels, Center - Lower Jewels, Escape - Upper Jewels, Escape - Lower Jewels, Escape Cap - Upper Jewels, Escape Cap - Lower Jewels, Fourth - Upper Jewels, Fourth - Lower Jewels, Pallet - Upper Jewels, Pallet Cap - Upper Jewels, Pallet - Lower Jewels, Pallet Cap - Lower Jewels, Third - Upper Jewels, Roller or Jewel Pin Jewels, Third - Lower Jewels, Pallet Stones - Right or Left Levers, Cam Levers, Clutch Levers, Setting Nuts, Center Pinion Nuts and Screws, Patent Regulator Nuts, Center Wheel Pallets, with Stones Fitted Pallets and Forks, with Stones Fitted for Single Roller Pallets and Forks, with Stones Fitted for Double Roller Pallets, Forks and Arbors, with Stones Fitted for Single Roller Pallets, Forks and Arbors, with Stones Fitted for Double Roller Pinions, Bevel Pinions, Cannon Pinions, Center Pinions, Escape Pinions, Fourth Pinions, Third Pins, Bevel Pinion Pinions, Sweep Second Pins, Setting Pivots, Bevel Pinion Rings, Friction Rollers, Safety Ratchets Rollers, Table Rollers, Table, with Jewels Fitted Rollers, Combination Rollers, Combination with Jewels Fitted Regulators Screws, Use and Number Price of Screws Sleeves, Winding Arbor Springs, Arm, Vibrating Springs, Cam Springs, Click Springs, Clutch Lever Springs, Setting Lever Springs, Hair - Colleted Springs, Hair, Breguet Springs, Main (Mainsprings) Springs, Regulator Springs, Setting Shippers, Setting Stop Works, Female Stop Works, Male Studs, Main Wheel Staffs, Balance Staffs, Center Studs, Hair Spring Washers, Center Pinion Washers, Center Staff Washers, Arbor Washers, Main Screw Washers, Ratchet Wheel Wheels, Center - Complete Wheels, Center Wheels, Escape Wheels, Escape and Pinion Wheels, First Wheels, Fourth Wheels, Fourth and Pinion Wheels, Hour Wheels, Intermediate Setting Wheels, Intermediate Winding Wheels, Minute Wheels, Main Wheels, Ratchet Wheels, Setting Wheels, Ring Wheels, Sweep Second Wheels, Third Wheels, Third and Pinion Bars and Springs Pendant Bars 18 Size Winding Indicator 18 Size Winding Indicator (Illustration) 16 Size Winding Indicator 16 Size Winding Indicator (Illustration) Assorted Material [Serial List] Number and Grade with Classification and Description of Movements Index
Elgin Winding Indicator Watch Pamphlet Cover Image
Elgin Genuine Material Catalog (c.1927) Cover Image
Elgin Service Bulletin (c.1940) Cover Image