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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.
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  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: 12

Chas. Fargo

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 104340
Grade: 12
Variation: Chas. Fargo
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1871
Run Quantity: 3,000
Total Production: 70,255
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Balance Type: Solid
Balance Material: Nickel
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
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  • November 15, 2018:
    Serial Number 104365 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • May 17, 2018:
    Serial Number 102160 was reported as accurate
  • October 7, 2017:
    Serial Number 103474 was reported as accurate
  • March 5, 2017:
    Serial Number 102019 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • October 29, 2016:
    Serial Number 104452 was reported as accurate
  • March 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 104334 was reported as accurate
  • February 3, 2016:
    Serial Number 102202 was reported as accurate
  • December 8, 2015:
    Serial Number 103322 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • September 16, 2015:
    Serial Number 102485 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • May 11, 2015:
    Serial Number 104768 was reported as accurate
  • January 7, 2015:
    Serial Number 102153 was reported as accurate
  • April 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 102286 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement marked Chas. Fargo
  • March 20, 2013:
    Serial Number 104988 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Note: Movement marked Chas Fargo
  • March 20, 2013:
    Serial Number 104988 was reported as accurate
  • March 20, 2013:
    Serial Number 104988 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • January 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 102671 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: CHAS Fargo on movement
  • January 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 102171 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Chas Fargo
  • April 18, 2012:
    Serial Number 104973 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement marked Chas Fargo - Elgin - 104973 full
    plate, dial marked National Watch Co
  • April 18, 2012:
    Serial Number 104973 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement marked Chas Fargo
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