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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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Company Profile: Illinois Watch Co.

Location: Springfield, Illinois

Years of Operation: 1869-1948

Production Jewels: 7-23 Jewels

Production Sizes: Wide Variety

Total Production: 5,600,000+

Factory Building Status: The original Illinois Watch Company factory building no longer exists. However, a later expansion was built to serve as a new frontage for the factory. Part of this addition still stands, and a modern structure has been built around it.

Average Rarity:

Purchased by Hamilton Watch Co., 1927

Company Timeline

1869

The Illinois Springfield Watch Co. begins operations with a capital stock of $100,000.

October 1870

Construction of the Illinois Sprinfield Watch Co. factory is completed.

1872

First watch manufactured: 15-Jewel Model 1 Stuart Keywind/Keyset

1873

A New York office is opened at 11 Maiden Lane to faciliate sales for the Illinois Springfield Watch Co.

1875

The Illinois Springfield Watch Co. offers its first stem-wind movement.

1875

After struggling financially for a few years, a new company is organized to assume the Illinois Springfield Watch Co. with a capital stock of $250,000.

1876

The Illinois Watch Co. begins offers 8s watches to fulfill growing demand in the ladies market.

1879

The Illinois Springfield Watch Co. is reorganized as the Springfield Illinois Watch Co.

1879

All Illinois Watch Co. movement manufacturing is transitioned to use quick train.

1879

A Chicago office is opened to faciliate sales for the Illinois Springfield Watch Co.

1882

The Illinois Watch Co. begins manufacturing its own mainsprings for usage in movements.

1883

The Illinois Watch Co. first uses soft enamal dials.

1885

The Springfield Illinois Watch Co. is manufacturing 400 movements per day.

1885

The Springfield Illinois Watch Co. is rebranded as the Illinois Watch Co.

1886

The Illinois Watch Co. begins to offer a 4s watch marketed toward ladies. This is the smallest watch avaialble for purchase in America at the time.

1888

The Illinois Watch Co. is manufacturing roughly 400 movements per day and employs about 900 people.

1903

The Illinois Watch Co. decides to manufacturer primarily higher grade movements, those containing 17-23 jewels.

1927

The Illinois Watch Co. is purchased by Hamilton Watch Co. The factory continued operations until 1933. Illinois movements continued to be finished at the Hamilton factory until 1939.

Successor: Hamilton