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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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Hamilton 16s Dial Feet Location

Originally, all Hamilton 16-Size movements were fitted with dials that featured four feet. Starting in 1911, new movements were transitioned to three-foot dials while remaining inventory retained the four-foot dials.

With close inspection, the dial type can be easily identified by evaluating an image of the movement. Due to the differentiation between the foot locations, the four-foot dial is evident when the 21.8 foot hole is prominently visible between the barrel and train bridge. In contrast, the 22.3 foot hole for the three-foot dial is mostly hidden behind the train bridge.


Hamilton Pocket Watch 16s 4 Foot vs 3 Foot Dial Movements

Hamilton Pocket Watch 16s 4 Foot vs 3 Foot Dial Feet Back of Dial

The dial feet on the 4-Foot dial are located at 7.6, 21.8, 38.0, and 50.5.

The dial feet on the 3-Foot dial are located at 22.3, 38.0, and 57.1.


Grade Setting Transition Date Serial Number
950 December 1915 1,021,001
950E All 3-Footed
950B All 3-Footed
951 Unknown
952 Pendant Unknown
952 Lever September 1912 840,901
954 August 1911 845,401
956 All 3-Footed
960 Pendant All 4-Footed
960 Lever October 1913 1,080,101
961 All 4-Footed
962 All 4-Footed
963 All 4-Footed
964 All 4-Footed
965 All 4-Footed
966 All 4-Footed
967 All 4-Footed
968 All 4-Footed
969 All 4-Footed
970 All 4-Footed
971 All 4-Footed
972 Lever February 1912 858,501
972 Pendant May 1912 866,701
973 Lever January 1913 1,016,301
973 Pendant All 4-Footed
974 Pendant December 1911 858,001
974 Lever April 1912 880,601
975 Lever December 1912 1,016,001
975 Pendant January 1913 1,026,001
976 Pendant All 4-Footed
977 Pendant All 4-Footed
978 August 1912 891,601
990 Lever January 1912 850,301
991 Lever All 4-Footed
992E All 3-Footed
992B All 3-Footed
992 Pendant All 3-Footed
992 Lever May 1912 880,001
993 Pendant All 3-Footed
993 Lever February 1913 1,016,601
994 Pendant All 3-Footed
994 Lever All 3-Footed
996 Lever All 3-Footed

Hamtilton Grades Exclusively Fitted with 4-Foot Dials

  • 960P
  • 961
  • 962
  • 963
  • 964
  • 965
  • 966
  • 967
  • 968
  • 969
  • 970
  • 971
  • 973P
  • 976P
  • 977P
  • 991L

Hamtilton Grades Exclusively Fitted with 3-Foot Dials

  • 950E
  • 950B
  • 956
  • 992E
  • 992B
  • 992P
  • 993P
  • 994P
  • 994L
  • 996L

Hamtilton Grades Transitioned from 4-Foot to 3-Foot Dials

  • 950
  • 951
  • 952P
  • 952L
  • 954
  • 960L
  • 972L
  • 972P
  • 973L
  • 974P
  • 974L
  • 975L
  • 975P
  • 978
  • 990L
  • 992L
  • 993L
Sources:
Hamilton Watch Company Factory Ledgers
Hamilton Production Documentation by Lowell Halligan
Lasser's List: The Hamilton Watch Company: American Production by Dr. Howard Lasser
Hamilton Watch Company Myths & Legends, by Howard Lasser, NAWCC Bulletin, Vol. 50/5 No. 376 (October 2008)