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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 "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.
Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Illinois Watch Co. Catalogs

Illinois Springfield Watches Catalog (1875) Cover Image
Price List of Material: Illinois Springfield Watch Company Cover Image
Net Price List Illinois Watches Catalog: February 1906 Cover Image
Santa Fe Watch Co. Catalog (c.1920) Cover Image
Illinois Watches and Their Makers (1921) Cover Image

Illinois Watches and Their Makers (1921)

Cover Title Page Illinois Watch Company Factory Photo A Half Century Of Illinois Watches 1870-1920 Illinois Watch Company Honor Roll Temperature Adjusting Facilities Enlarged Mr. Johnson Attends Astronomical Convention An Evening with Mr. Johnson in the Illinois Watch Company's Astronomical Observatory United States Nautical Almanac Lists Illinois Watch Company's Astronomical Observatory How Accurate Time Is Taken From The Stars At The Illinois Watch Company's Astronomical Observatory Illinois Watch Company Wireless Time Headquarters for the Central Zone Magazine Writes Up Illinois Wireless Activities Abraham Lincoln Of The Farewell Address A. Lincoln Relic Of Great Historic Interest A Rear Admiral Praises The A. Lincoln Watch We Make Good Watches As Well As Good Friends Library Extension In Entrance Hall Watch Dials Connect Us With Timekeeping Methods Of Remotest Antiquity The Bolivian Minister's Visit The Days Of The Week And Their Names Watch Factory Health Service Cafeteria Lunch Room Continues Very Popular "Doings" Articles Have Wide Reading The Swastika - Once A Universal Time Symbol Swastika In Flag Of Allied Army Big Foreign Demand For Illinois Watches Some Interesting Facts About The Calendar A Timepiece Of Three Hundred Years Ago A Five Gallon Milk Can Of Watches A Tribute To The Watch Recent Letters Relative To The Superior Merits Of Illinois Watches Illinois, Illinois, That's The Watch For Me A Relic From The Mormon Temple Our Grounds Greatly Admired Why Is This Watch Shown In This Position? An Engineer's Soliloquy On His Bunn Special A Tribute To Illinois Watches We Appreciate How Illinois Watches Reach The Public Illinois-Springfield Watches for Railroad and General Service Sangamo Special Bunn Special Bunn Illini A. Lincoln The Autocrat Bracelet Watches
Illinois Watch Company 1923 Material Catalog Cover Image
The Book of A. Lincoln Watches (1924) Cover Image
Selling Prices: Illinois Watches: July 1st, 1926 Cover Image