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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 Patents Archive

The following gallery contains patents that were issued or assigned to watch manufacturing companies or individuals known to be working for the company at the time. Not all designs were fully implemented into production.

Watch Main Spring Ratchet

Patent Number:26715
Description:Watch Main Spring Ratchet
Inventor:Nelson P. Stratton
Patent Date:Jan 3, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Tool Round Body

Patent Number:26716
Description:Tool Round Body
Inventor:Charles D. Sutton
Patent Date:Jan 3, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Key & Calendar Combine

Patent Number:26817
Description:Watch Key & Calendar Combine
Inventor:Henry C. Foote
Assignee:Foote Henry C
Patent Date:Jan 10, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Clock Geographical

Patent Number:27006
Description:Clock Geographical
Inventor:Thomas Moffet
Patent Date:Jan 31, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Clock Calendar

Patent Number:27023
Description:Clock Calendar
Inventor:James E. Mix
Eugene M. Mix
Assignee:Platts Harvey
Patent Date:Jan 31, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Regulator

Patent Number:27281
Description:Watch Regulator
Inventor:John Gordon
Patent Date:Feb 28, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Clock Weight Yo Yo

Patent Number:27684
Description:Clock Weight Yo Yo
Inventor:Richard F. Bond
Patent Date:Apr 3, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Clock Wind Air

Patent Number:27721
Description:Clock Wind Air
Inventor:Charles B. Hoard
Patent Date:Apr 3, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Clock Level Device

Patent Number:28088
Description:Clock Level Device
Inventor:J. F. Keeler
Patent Date:May 1, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Clock Calendar

Patent Number:28603
Description:Clock Calendar
Inventor:Eben Prichard
Patent Date:Jun 5, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Barometer

Patent Number:28626
Description:Barometer
Inventor:Lum Woodruff
Patent Date:Jun 5, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Chronometer Escape

Patent Number:28719
Description:Chronometer Escape
Inventor:Thos Morrison
Assignee:Safford C B
Patent Date:Jun 12, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Chain

Patent Number:28735
Description:Watch Chain
Inventor:Charles B. Carpenter
Assignee:Tifft Albert C
Patent Date:Jun 19, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Case Die

Patent Number:28737
Description:Watch Case Die
Inventor:Charles W. Clewley
Patent Date:Jun 19, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Chain Bar

Patent Number:28846
Description:Watch Chain Bar
Inventor:D. F. Elmer
Patent Date:Jun 26, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Chain

Patent Number:38842
Description:Watch Chain
Inventor:Egbert S. Richards
Patent Date:Jun 26, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Chain Fasten

Patent Number:29088
Description:Watch Chain Fasten
Inventor:J. R. Lounsberry
Patent Date:Jul 10, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Clock Escape

Patent Number:29097
Description:Clock Escape
Inventor:George M. Phelps
Patent Date:Jul 10, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Dustproof Case

Patent Number:29210
Description:Watch Dustproof Case
Inventor:O. H. Woodworth
Patent Date:Jul 17, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Gas Burner

Patent Number:29486
Description:Gas Burner
Inventor:Abraham G. Hamaker
Patent Date:Aug 7, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Clock Illuminate Alarm & Burglar

Patent Number:29520
Description:Clock Illuminate Alarm & Burglar
Inventor:G. K. Proctor
Patent Date:Aug 7, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Escape Lever

Patent Number:29575
Description:Escape Lever
Inventor:John Devlin
Patent Date:Aug 14, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Tack Machine

Patent Number:29595
Description:Tack Machine
Inventor:J. G. Howard
Patent Date:Aug 14, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Time Globe Terrestrial

Patent Number:29755
Description:Time Globe Terrestrial
Inventor:Frederick S. Barnard
Patent Date:Aug 28, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Clock Escape

Patent Number:29959
Description:Clock Escape
Inventor:E. G. Elliott
Patent Date:Sep 11, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Tp Register For Regulate

Patent Number:57848
Description:Tp Register For Regulate
Inventor:William M. Beeman
Patent Date:Sep 11, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Clock Calendar

Patent Number:30166
Description:Clock Calendar
Inventor:Thomas T. Strode
Patent Date:Sep 25, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Balance Spring

Patent Number:30247
Description:Watch Balance Spring
Inventor:George P. Reed
Patent Date:Oct 2, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Clock Escape & Movement

Patent Number:30558
Description:Clock Escape & Movement
Inventor:William B. Barnes
Patent Date:Nov 6, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Pendulum Compensate

Patent Number:30798
Description:Pendulum Compensate
Inventor:George Buchanan
Patent Date:Dec 4, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Regulate

Patent Number:30873
Description:Watch Regulate
Inventor:A. L. Dennison
Patent Date:Dec 11, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Ribbon Slide

Patent Number:30969
Description:Watch Ribbon Slide
Inventor:Auguatus H. Hews
Patent Date:Dec 18, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Maintain Power

Patent Number:31009
Description:Watch Maintain Power
Inventor:A. L. Dennison
Patent Date:Jan 1, 1861
Patent Type:Improvement

Watch Escape

Patent Number:31022
Description:Watch Escape
Inventor:Prosper Humbert
Patent Date:Jan 1, 1861
Patent Type:Improvement

Recorder Watch Man Portable

Patent Number:31052
Description:Recorder Watch Man Portable
Inventor:John Burk
Assignee:Buerk Jacob E
Patent Date:Jan 1, 1861
Patent Type:Improvement

Clock Wind Device Wind

Patent Number:31242
Description:Clock Wind Device Wind
Inventor:Robert Hitchcock
Patent Date:Jan 29, 1861
Patent Type:Improvement