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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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Research & Media


Source: Jewelers Review, Volume 32
Published: 1899
Page: 601
Tags: Illinois Watch Case Co.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review, Volume 23
Published: 1891
Page: 42
Tags: Illinois Watch Co.

Source: Rutishauser Co. Catalog
Published: 1904
Page:
Tags: Ad, Illinois Watch Co., Grade Bunn Special, Grade Bunn, Movement

Source: Rutishauser Co. Catalog
Published: 1904
Page:
Tags: Ad, Illinois Watch Co., Grade Sangamo, Movement

Source: Rutishauser Co. Catalog
Published: 1904
Page:
Tags: Ad, Illinois Watch Co., Grade 299, Grade 273, Movement

Source: Rutishauser Co. Catalog
Published: 1904
Page:
Tags: Ad, Illinois Watch Co., Grade A. Lincoln, Grade 187, Grade 306, Movement

Source: Rutishauser Co. Catalog
Published: 1904
Page:
Tags: Ad, Illinois Watch Co., Grade 37, Grade 35, Grade 33, Movement

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review, Volume 36
Published: 1898
Page: 18
Tags: News, American Waltham Watch Co., 7j, Breguet Hairspring, Hampden Watch Co., Illinois Watch Co., New Columbus Watch Co.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review, Volume 36
Published: 1898
Page: 14
Tags: News, Illinois Watch Co., Officers, Jacob Bunn, Henry Bunn, George A. Bates, John W. Bunn, B.H. Ferguson, T.C. Henkle, George W. Bunn

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review, Volume 36
Published: 1898
Page: 30
Tags: Legal, Illinois Watch Case Co., Elgin National Watch Co.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review, Volume 36
Published: 1898
Page: 13
Tags: News, Legal, Elgin National Watch Co., Illinois Watch Case Co.

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review, Volume 36
Published: 1898
Page: 19
Tags: Legal, Elgin National Watch Co., Illinois Watch Case Co., Notice

Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review, Volume 36
Published: 1898
Page: 16
Tags: Watch Inspections, Illinois Watch Co., Chicago and Alton Railway Co., Grade Bunn Special, Grade Bunn

Source: Trade Marks: Watch Cases, Pocket Watches, Precious Stones, Diamonds
Published: 1976
Page:
Tags: Illinois Watch Case Co., Tiger, Gold-Filled, 5 Years, Trademark

Source: Trade Marks: Watch Cases, Pocket Watches, Precious Stones, Diamonds
Published: 1976
Page:
Tags: Illinois Watch Case Co., Tivoli, Trademark