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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 "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.
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  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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Grade: Official Standard

Manufactured by Waltham, Official Railroad Standard

Manufacturer: Ball - Waltham
Movement Serial Number: B060809
Grade: Official Standard
Model: 1899
Estimated Production Year: 1899
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
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Verifications & Observations

  • December 11, 2019:
    Serial Number B061026 was reported as accurate
  • March 12, 2019:
    Serial Number B061007 was reported as accurate
  • September 20, 2018:
    Serial Number B061038 was reported as accurate
  • September 20, 2018:
    Serial Number B061039 was reported as accurate
  • July 2, 2016:
    Serial Number B060809 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: B060809 comes from the first run of 16s Ball
    Official Rail Road Standard (ORRS) watches made by
    Waltham for the Webb C. Ball Co. 400 were in the
    first run and numbered by W.C. Ball as B060701
    to 0601100. They were a mix of both pendant set
    AND lever set. B060809 is lever set.

    A thread discussing the first run Ball-Waltham
    Official Rail Road Standard watches can be found
    using the following link.

    http://mb.nawcc.org/showthread.php?94472-Ball-Wal
    tham-ORRS-First-Run-Research
  • October 9, 2015:
    Serial Number B061093 was reported as accurate
  • October 9, 2015:
    Serial Number B061093 was reported as accurate
  • October 5, 2015:
    Serial Number B061093 was reported as accurate
  • April 9, 2015:
    Serial Number B60728 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: B607278 16S 23J 999N
  • September 1, 2014:
    Serial Number B061026 was reported as accurate
  • July 3, 2014:
    Serial Number B061078 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • June 28, 2014:
    Serial Number B060706 was reported as accurate
  • February 22, 2014:
    Serial Number B060809 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • February 20, 2014:
    Serial Number B060783 was reported as accurate
  • February 19, 2014:
    Serial Number B060783 was reported as accurate
  • December 7, 2013:
    Serial Number B061095 was reported as accurate
  • August 20, 2013:
    Serial Number B060713 was reported as accurate
  • July 13, 2013:
    Serial Number B060710 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
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