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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 "guts" of the watch).
  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
  3. If the serial number includes a letter, enter it along with the number when using the lookup feature.
  4. 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.
  5. Always select the correct manufacturer, which is usually stamped on the watch movement.
  6. If the manufacturer is not listed on the site, you may have a "private label" watch or it may not be American-made.
  7. 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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Pocket Watch Jewel Setting Types

Jewels are hard minerals added to the mechanics of the watch to prevent wear at pivot and collision points. Hole jewels must to attached to the movement plates with precision, as any misalignment could potentially cause the watch to run improperly.


Friction/Pressed

Friction jewels are carefully pressed into the holes of the movement plate using special tools. The fit is tight enough to hold the jewels in place permanently. Friction jeweling requires fewer parts and less time than screw-set jewels. As a result, friction jewels were commonly fitted into movements of lower quaility. This trend held true until modern jeweling methods were adopted. Friction jewels are also more difficult to replace if cracked or broken.

Identification: The plate jewels do not have screws adjacent to the setting.

Pictured: A closeup of a friction jewel setting.

Screw-Set

Screw-Set jewels are attached to the movement plate with small screws. This required more material and more time to assemble, and as a result, screw-set jewels were commonly fitted into movements of higher quailty. Screw-set jewels are also considerably easier to replace if one is cracked or broken. Premium watches usually contain screw-set jewels settings composed of gold.

Identification: The plate jewel settings are attached by small screws.

Pictured: A closeup of a screw-set jewel setting.

Raised Screw-Set

Raised screw-set jewel settings are almost identical to standard screw-set settings except the rim of the setting is raised instead of being flush with the top plate.

Identification: The plate jewel settings are attached by small screws and the setting has a raised rim. The screw heads will not be flush with the plate.

Pictured: A closeup of a raised screw-set jewel setting.