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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.
  6. 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.
  7. Consider uploading images of your watch by creating a collection account on the website. This is compeltely free and assists in promoting research in American horology.
  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: 289

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 11909612
Grade: 289
Model: 2
Class: 115
Estimated Production Year: 1905
Run Quantity: 3,000
Grade/Model Run: 8 of 181
Total Production: 321,000
Size: 6s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
11911000
  • December 9, 2018:
    Serial Number 11908406 was reported as accurate
  • July 19, 2018:
    Serial Number 11909092 was reported as accurate
  • October 19, 2017:
    Serial Number 11910348 was reported as accurate
  • February 27, 2015:
    Serial Number 11908038 was reported as accurate
  • July 15, 2012:
    Serial Number 11909205 was reported as accurate
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