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.
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Hamilton 974 Special #2533763 Details

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Image of Hamilton 974 Special #2533763 Case
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John C. Dueber
Case is in great shape. Not original, but if same time period and similar to original case that was severely wore and damaged.
Bought case from Jon Hart in Jan 2017 for $70
Hamilton Electric Railway Special
Dial is in excellent shape. ...no chips or cracks!
Bought Dial from Fred Hansen for restoration of this 974 Special to its original condition.
The original dial was severely damaged and I put a Metal dial replacement until I found another "Electric Railway Special" to restore with.
Hamilton Watch Co.
Lancaster, Pa.
17 Jewels
974 Special
Double Roller
Serial# 2533763
Adjusted 3 Positions