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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Ball - Hamilton Grade 999B Pocket Watch

Grade: 999B

Manufactured by Hamilton, Ball's Standard, Railroad Brotherhood Abbreviation, Jeweler's Name

Manufacturer: Ball - Hamilton
Movement Serial Number: 14966
Grade: 999B
Model: 1
Estimated Production Year: 1897
Size: 18s
Jewels: 17j    Mixed Run
Jewel Setting: Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Finish Pattern: Circular Damascening Pattern
Movement Signing Style: Serif (Decorative)
Movement Inlay Color: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Regulator: Ball
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
Movement Markings: Official RR Standard
Ball & Co., Cleveland.
17 Jewels
Sapphire Pallets
No. 17. 96
Trade Mark
Safety Pinion
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Verifications & Observations

  • October 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 14974 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Full
  • October 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 14962 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Full
Ball - Hamilton Grade 999B Pocket Watch