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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Company Profile: South Bend Watch Co.

Location: South Bend, Indiana

Years of Operation: 1902-1929

Production Jewels: 7-21 Jewels

Production Sizes: 18s, 16s, 12s, 6s, 0s

Total Production: 850,000+

Factory Building Status: Destroyed by fire July 8, 1957.

Organized from the Columbus Watch Co., 1902

Company Timeline

March 1902

The Studebaker family, brothers George and Clement, and uncle John, purchases the Columbus Watch Co.. Soon after the company is moved to South Bend, Indiana.

May 8, 1902

The South Bend Watch Co. is organized in South Bend, Indiana with a capital stock of $1,000,000.

March 23, 1903

The South Bend Watch Co. factory begins operations, aiming to manufacture 1,200 watches per day.


The South Bend Watch Co. ends operations after manufacturing roughly 850,000 watches.