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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: 10

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 1231720
Grade: 10
Model: 3
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1883
Run Quantity: 5,000
Grade/Model Run: 14 of 82
Total Production: 273,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
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  • May 7, 2019:
    Serial Number 1232611 was reported as accurate
  • November 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 1232886 was reported as accurate
  • October 18, 2018:
    Serial Number 1232382 was reported as accurate
  • October 7, 2018:
    Serial Number 1230382 was reported as accurate
  • June 2, 2018:
    Serial Number 1232966 was reported as accurate
  • August 26, 2017:
    Serial Number 1230214 was reported as accurate
  • August 9, 2017:
    Serial Number 1230214 was reported as accurate
  • April 1, 2017:
    Serial Number 1231384 was reported as accurate
  • January 28, 2017:
    Serial Number 1234775 was reported as accurate
  • January 4, 2017:
    Serial Number 1231334 was reported as accurate
  • February 19, 2016:
    Serial Number 1230284 was reported as accurate
  • May 4, 2014:
    Serial Number 1230563 was reported as accurate
  • January 5, 2014:
    Serial Number 1232137 was reported as accurate
  • October 31, 2013:
    Serial Number 1231720 was reported as accurate
  • March 29, 2013:
    Serial Number 1231600 was reported as accurate
  • March 21, 2013:
    Serial Number 1231249 was reported as accurate
  • March 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 1231549 was reported as accurate
  • October 21, 2012:
    Serial Number 1231137 was reported as accurate
  • September 28, 2012:
    Serial Number 1232137 was reported as accurate
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