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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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Grade: Official Standard

Manufactured by Waltham, Official Railroad Standard

Manufacturer: Ball - Waltham
Movement Serial Number: B217810
Grade: Official Standard
Model: 1899
Estimated Production Year: 1906
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Railroad Grade: Yes
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Verifications & Observations

  • January 27, 2019:
    Serial Number B217761 was reported as accurate
  • December 23, 2017:
    Serial Number B217701 was reported as accurate
  • May 27, 2017:
    Serial Number B217655 was reported as accurate
  • September 3, 2015:
    Serial Number B217749 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 17j
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • June 17, 2015:
    Serial Number B217652 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: the watch is a 17 jewel and is adjusted
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • June 14, 2015:
    Serial Number B217652 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • April 16, 2015:
    Serial Number B217652 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • January 22, 2015:
    Serial Number B217810 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Jewels: 17 / Adjusted: Yes / Railroad Grade: Yes.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 21j to 17j
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
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