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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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Research & Media


Source: Jewelers Review, Volume 32
Published: 1899
Page: 575
Tags: Elgin National Watch Co.,12s,1898 Model,190,189,188,187,196

Source: Jewelers Review, Volume 32
Published: 1899
Page: 549
Tags: Elgin National Watch Co.,Charles H. Hulburd,President,Officers

Source: Jewelers Review, Volume 32
Published: 1899
Page: 506
Tags: Elgin National Watch Co.,Cow,Story

Source: Jewelers Review, Volume 32
Published: 1899
Page: 773
Tags: Elgin National Watch Co.,John Morrell Cutter,Vice President,Officers

Source: The Watch World is Elgin: Timemakers and Timekeepers
Published: 1904
Page: 24
Tags: Ad, Elgin National Watch Co., Veritas, Grade 214, Movement

Source: The Watch World is Elgin: Timemakers and Timekeepers
Published: 1904
Page: 25
Tags: Ad, Elgin National Watch Co., Veritas, Grade 239, Movement

Source: The Watch World is Elgin: Timemakers and Timekeepers
Published: 1904
Page: 26
Tags: Ad, Elgin National Watch Co., Veritas, B.W. Raymond, Grade 240, Movement

Source: The Watch World is Elgin: Timemakers and Timekeepers
Published: 1904
Page: 28
Tags: Ad, Elgin National Watch Co., Grade 270, Movement

Source: The Watch World is Elgin: Timemakers and Timekeepers
Published: 1904
Page: 29
Tags: Ad, Elgin National Watch Co., Grade 280, Movement

Source: Brotherhoods of Locomotive Firemen's Magazine
Published: 1906
Page:
Tags: Ad, Elgin National Watch Co., Grade 270, Movement

Source: Brotherhoods of Locomotive Firemen's Magazine
Published: 1906
Page:
Tags: Ad, Elgin National Watch Co., Grade 240, Movement

Source: Brotherhoods of Locomotive Firemen's Magazine
Published: 1906
Page:
Tags: Ad, Elgin National Watch Co., Grade 280, Movement

Source: Brotherhoods of Locomotive Firemen's Magazine
Published: 1906
Page:
Tags: Ad, Elgin National Watch Co., Grade 239, Movement

Source: Brotherhoods of Locomotive Firemen's Magazine
Published: 1906
Page:
Tags: Ad, Elgin National Watch Co., Grade 214, Movement

Source: The Railroad Telegrapher
Published: 1905
Page:
Tags: Ad, Elgin National Watch Co., Grade 214, Movement

Source: The Commissioners of Patents' Journal
Published: 1874
Page: 283
Tags: Elgin National Watch Co., Trademarks, History, H.Z. Culver, H.H. Taylor, G.M. Wheeler, Mat Lafin, J.T. Ryerson, Lady Elgin, W.H. Ferry, M.D. Ogden, Gail Borden, Frances Rubie, Dexter St., Chas. Fargo, National Watch Co., Elgin Watch Co., Chicago Watch Co.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review, Volume 36
Published: 1898
Page: 55
Tags: Elgin National Watch Co., Grade 190, Grade 189, Grade 188, Movements, 1898 Model

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review, Volume 36
Published: 1898
Page: 9
Tags: News, Canada, Elgin National Watch Co., Grade 73

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review, Volume 36
Published: 1898
Page: 24
Tags: C.G. Alford & Co., Howard Watch Co., Elgin National Watch Co., Waltham Watch Co.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review, Volume 36
Published: 1898
Page: 30
Tags: Legal, Illinois Watch Case Co., Elgin National Watch Co.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review, Volume 36
Published: 1898
Page: 13
Tags: News, Legal, Elgin National Watch Co., Illinois Watch Case Co.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review, Volume 36
Published: 1898
Page: 19
Tags: Legal, Elgin National Watch Co., Illinois Watch Case Co., Notice

Source: The Railway Age, Volume 41
Published: 1906
Page: 1106
Tags: Elgin National Watch Co., Steel Pier, Souvenir Dials

Source: Trade Marks: Watch Cases, Pocket Watches, Precious Stones, Diamonds
Published: 1976
Page:
Tags: Elgin Watch Case Co., Clover, Trademark