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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Waltham Pocket Watch Regulators

These are known regulators used on Waltham watch movements. The regulator is used to adjust the balance wheel's rate of oscillation in order to improve accuracy of the watch. Several varieties of watch regulators were used in movement designs, most of which were patented, often called "Patent Regulators." The best regulators offer extreme precision while adjusting the rate of oscillation. A patent regulator was often an indicator of quality.

Inventor:Joseph Bosley
Name:Church 1885
Inventor:Duane H. Church
Patent Date:Feb 17 1885
Patent Number:312253
Name:Short Tadpole
Inventor:Charles W. Fogg
Name:Ohlson 1908
Inventor:Olof Ohlson
Patent Date:Jul 28 1908
Patent Number:894457
Inventor:George P. Reed
Patent Date:Feb 5 1867
Patent Number:61867
Name:Church 1892
Inventor:Duane H. Church
Patent Date:Oct 11 1892
Patent Number:484176
Name:Ohlson 1906
Inventor:Olof Ohlson
Patent Date:Apr 17 1906
Patent Number:818043
Name:Woerd 1870
Inventor:Charles Vander Woerd
Patent Date:Dec 27 1870
Patent Number:110614
Name:Woerd 1877
Inventor:Charles Vander Woerd
Patent Date:Nov 27 1877
Patent Number:197710
Inventor:Charles W. Fogg
Patent Date:Feb 2 1864
Patent Number:41461
Name:Woerd 1870 B
Inventor:Charles Vander Woerd
Patent Date:Dec 27 1870
Patent Number:110614