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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.
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Hamilton Railroad Case Models

The following gallery contains Hamilton case models that would have been paired with railroad movements at the factory starting in the mid-1920s. Grades commonly found paired with these cases are the 992, 992E, 992B, 950, and 950B.

Model Crossbar

Wadsworth
Gold-Filled
Introduced c.1924

Model 2

Wadsworth
10k Gold or Gold-Filled
Introduced c.1925

Model 3

Fayhs
Gold-Filled
Introduced May 1926

Model 4

Fahys
Gold-Filled
Introduced c.1926

Model 5

Keystone
Gold-Filled
Introduced July 1928

Model 6

Fahys
Gold-Filled
Introduced Sep. 1929

Model 7

Keystone
Gold-Filled
Introduced May 1930

Model 8

Wadsworth
Gold-Filled
Introduced Sep. 1931

Model 9 (Fahys)

Fahys
Gold-Filled
Introduced c.1932

Model 10

Wadsworth
Gold-Filled
Introduced May 1936

Model Mainliner

Keystone
1937-1940
950E Grade

Model A

Keystone
10k Gold or Gold-Filled
Introduced c.1940 (shoulders)
Introduced c. 1948 (w/o shoulders)

Model 11

Keystone
Gold-Filled
Introduced c.1940 (shoulders)
Introduced c.1948 (w/o shoulders)

Model 12

Also Indicated as Model 9
Star
Introduced c.1940s

Model No. 3 (Two-Tone)

Wadsworth
Introduced c.1946

Model 14

Keystone
Nickel-Crome
Introduced c.1949

Model 15

Star
Stainless Steel
Introduced c.1950

Model 16

Star
Gold-Plated
Introduced c.1951

Model 17

Keystone ("Railroad 17")
10k Gold or Gold-Filled
Introduced c.1956

Star
10k Gold or Gold-Filled
Introduced c.1957