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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Elgin 455 #23386091 Details

Image of Elgin 455 #23386091 Movement
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Image of Elgin 455 #23386091 Dial
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Image of Elgin 455 #23386091 Case
Case Image

Philadelphia Watch Case Co.
B.W.Raymond ELGIN
Beneath "B.W. Raymond " is Elgin's trade mark for their post WWII non-corrosive cobalt alloy named "Elgiloy" (an uncoiled mainspring dividing a line to form the letters d over p) and was used to make their new "Dura-Power" mainsprings after the war. A bit of Elgin lives on with the specialty metal company Elgiloy still producing the alloy for uses wold wide. https://www.elgiloy.com/about/
B.W. Raymond stamped on the train bridge.
19 Jewels, serial number, and Adjusted to 5 positions stamep on the barrel bridge.
ELGIN NATIONALl WATCH CO. U.S.A. stamped on the back of the main plate and seen below the balance.