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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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We noticed that you entered a relatively short serial number. "435" could possibly indicate the grade of the watch and not the serial number of your movement. Serial numbers are usually more than a few digits.

Grade: 435

Manufactured by Swiss (Record), Ball Company

Manufacturer: Ball - Record
Movement Serial Number: 435
Grade: 435
Model: B
Estimated Production Year: 1960
Size: 16s
Jewels: 21j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 6
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
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Verifications & Observations

  • October 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 433 was reported as accurate
  • April 28, 2018:
    Serial Number 433 was reported as accurate
  • December 25, 2017:
    Serial Number 323 was reported as accurate
  • August 6, 2017:
    Serial Number 435 was reported as accurate
  • October 21, 2015:
    Serial Number 435 was reported as accurate
  • September 30, 2015:
    Serial Number 435 was reported as accurate
  • April 27, 2015:
    Serial Number 177 was reported as accurate
  • December 11, 2014:
    Serial Number 498 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • October 10, 2014:
    Serial Number 25 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • June 16, 2014:
    Serial Number 116 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • February 16, 2014:
    Serial Number 30 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • December 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 38 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 15 jewel. k972v etched inside back cover 38 also
    stamped on same cover.only other markings visible
    swiss made.
  • August 14, 2013:
    Serial Number 0276 was reported as accurate
  • July 8, 2013:
    Serial Number 0109 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Ball S/N 0109 is a grade No. 435 (with no B or C
    suffix). It seems that 0001 to 0500 are grade No.
    435
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 435b to 435
  • June 22, 2013:
    Serial Number 0278 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 435b to 435
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