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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Hamilton 974 #1215993 Details

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Bates & Bacon
Bates & Bacon (B&B) "Royal" is name used for their 14k GF cases with a 20 year warranty.

Other B&B classifications were: Regal, Puritan and Winner (perhaps more.)
Hamilton Electric Railway Special
Small chip between 37 and 38.

Hampden patented/copyrighted the use of the word RAILWAY on pocket watches, so the "Railway Special" was not out very long before Hampden started legal procedures and Hamilton had to change the name.

Ref: https://mb.nawcc.org/threads/hamilton-interurban.25784/
"The change from "Hamilton Electric Railway Special" - the second marking used - to "Hamilton Electric Inter-urban Special" was made in 1925 because it was learned that the privilege to use this particular marking had been given to Deuber-Hampden."

Since this dial is on a 1917 watch, I have a few doubts as to whether it is an original dial for this watch.
Hamilton Watch Co.
Lancaster, PA
17 Jewels