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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

Patent Number:17055
Description:Watch
Inventor:G. P. Reed
Patent Date:Apr 14, 1857
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:E Howard & Co.

Watch Device To Prevent Injury Main Spring

Patent Number:22174
Description:Watch Device To Prevent Injury Main Spring
Inventor:David B. Fitts
Patent Date:Nov 30, 1858
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:Waltham

Watch Mech For Stop

Patent Number:22914
Description:Watch Mech For Stop
Inventor:John K. Bigelow
Assignee:Appleton Tracy & Co
Patent Date:Feb 8, 1859
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:Waltham

Watch Wind

Patent Number:30772
Description:Watch Wind
Inventor:Nelson P. Stratton
Patent Date:Nov 27, 1860
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:Waltham

Watch Regulator

Patent Number:41461
Description:Watch Regulator
Inventor:Charles W. Fogg
Assignee:American Watch Co
Patent Date:Feb 2, 1864
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:Waltham

Watch Safety Pinion

Patent Number:46343
Description:Watch Safety Pinion
Inventor:Charles W. Fogg
Patent Date:Feb 14, 1865
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:Waltham

Watch Plate

Patent Number:D2281
Description:Watch Plate
Inventor:Frederick A. Giles
Assignee:*u S Watch Co
Patent Date:Mar 13, 1866
Patent Type:Design
Related Manufacturer:U.S. Watch Co.

Watch Plate

Patent Number:D2370
Description:Watch Plate
Inventor:Edward Howard
Patent Date:Jul 24, 1866
Patent Type:Design
Related Manufacturer:E Howard & Co.

Watch Stem Wind & Set

Patent Number:354002
Description:Watch Stem Wind & Set
Inventor:Charles V. Woerd
Patent Date:Dec 7, 1866
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:Waltham

Watch Regulator

Patent Number:61867
Description:Watch Regulator
Inventor:George P. Reed
Patent Date:Feb 5, 1867
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:E Howard & Co.

Watch Balance Wheel Method Of Make

Patent Number:64874
Description:Watch Balance Wheel Method Of Make
Inventor:Edward Howard
Patent Date:May 21, 1867
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:E Howard & Co.

Watch Stem Wind & Set

Patent Number:65034
Description:Watch Stem Wind & Set
Inventor:Charles V. Woerd
Patent Date:May 21, 1867
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:Waltham

Watch Key Pendant

Patent Number:65985
Description:Watch Key Pendant
Inventor:Charles V. Woerd
Assignee:Woerd Charles V
Patent Date:Jun 18, 1867
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:Waltham

Watch Stem Wind & Set

Patent Number:67692
Description:Watch Stem Wind & Set
Inventor:Charles V. Woerd
Patent Date:Aug 13, 1867
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:Waltham

Watch Stem Wind

Patent Number:74090
Description:Watch Stem Wind
Inventor:Edward Howard
Patent Date:Feb 4, 1868
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:E Howard & Co.

Watch Dust Ring

Patent Number:75018
Description:Watch Dust Ring
Inventor:Edward Howard
Patent Date:Mar 3, 1868
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:E Howard & Co.

Watch Cock Or Bridge

Patent Number:77078
Description:Watch Cock Or Bridge
Inventor:Charles S. Moseley
Patent Date:Apr 21, 1868
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:Elgin

Watch Pallet

Patent Number:77827
Description:Watch Pallet
Inventor:Charles E. Mason
Patent Date:May 12, 1868
Patent Type:Improvement
Related Manufacturer:Elgin