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 "mechanism" of the watch).
  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
  3. Always select the correct manufacturer, which is usually stamped on the watch movement or dial.
  4. If the manufacturer is not listed on the site, you may have a "private label" watch or it may not be American-made.
  5. If the serial number includes a letter, enter it along with the number when using the lookup feature.
  6. 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.
  7. Consider uploading images of your watch by creating a collection account on the website. This is compeltely free and assists in promoting research in American horology.
  8. 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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Company Profile: Hampden Watch Co.

Location: Springfield, Massachesetts and Canton, Ohio

Years of Operation: 1877-1927

Factory Building Status: Demolished. Interstate 77 now cuts through the property.

[Dueber Watch Co.]

Company Timeline

June 1877

The New York Manufacturing Co. is reorganized as the Hampden Watch Co.


A new factory for the Hampden Watch Co. is constructed in Springfield, Massachusetts.


John C. Dueber purchases a controlling interest in the Hampden Watch Co. Looking to expand the watch production, Dueber explored suitable land in Springfield, Massachusetts for a new factory. However, his search was unsuccessful. Dueber begins looking for a place to relocated his watch case company and the Hampden Watch Co.

Dueber Watch Case Factory, Newport, Kentucky


John C. Dueber moves The Dueber Watch Case & Manufacturing Co. from Newport, Kentucky to Canton, Ohio and rebrands the company as the Dueber Watch Case Works to provide cases for the Hampden Watch Works company.

April 1888

The Hampden Watch Co. is relocated to Canton, Ohio. and rebranded as Hampden Watch Works.


John C. Dueber passes away and Albert M. Dueber takes over the Dueber Watch Case Works.


The Hampden Watch Works and Dueber Watch Case Works merge to form the Dueber-Hampden Watch Co.


The Dueber-Hampden Watch Co. is purchased by Walter Vretmann.


The Dueber-Hampden Watch Co. goes into receivership.


The Dueber-Hampden Watch Co. is purchased by a company in Russia. All equipment and some employees were relocated overseas.