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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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Hampden Pocket Watch Patents

The following gallery contains patents that were issued or assigned to Hampden or individuals known to be working for the company at the time. Not all designs were fully implemented into production.

Watch Wind Click

Patent Number:204150
Description:Watch Wind Click
Inventor:Charles T. Higginbotham
Assignee:Hampden Watch Co
Patent Date:May 28, 1878
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Stem Wind & Set

Patent Number:330401
Description:Watch Stem Wind & Set
Inventor:Charles T. Higginbotham
Assignee:Hampden Watch Co
Patent Date:Nov 17, 1885
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Barrel

Patent Number:711476
Description:Watch Barrel
Inventor:Varian S. Corey
Assignee:Hampden Watch Co
Patent Date:Oct 21, 1902
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Balance Staff & Roller

Patent Number:1025865
Description:Watch Balance Staff & Roller
Inventor:Varian S. Corey
Assignee:Hampden Watch Co
Patent Date:May 7, 1912
Patent Type:Improvement