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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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Elgin Grade 87 Pocket Watch

Grade: 87

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 1178599
Grade: 87
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1883
Run Quantity: 5,000
Total Production: 34,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Half-Nickel
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • January 31, 2018:
    Serial Number 1175277 was reported as accurate
  • January 30, 2018:
    Serial Number 1175277 was reported as accurate
  • September 5, 2016:
    Serial Number 1179326 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • April 28, 2016:
    Serial Number 1179326 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • April 20, 2015:
    Serial Number 1177892 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • March 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 1177892 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • February 28, 2015:
    Serial Number 1178751 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • October 14, 2014:
    Serial Number 1176291 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • September 18, 2014:
    Serial Number 1178727 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • August 25, 2014:
    Serial Number 1176291 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • March 11, 2014:
    Serial Number 1175378 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • February 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 1177169 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
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Elgin Grade 87 Pocket Watch