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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: 55

J.T. Ryerson

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 123457
Grade: 55
Variation: J.T. Ryerson
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1871
Run Quantity: 5,000
Grade/Model Run: 53 of 99
Total Production: 73,095
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
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Verifications & Observations

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125000
  • April 14, 2019:
    Serial Number 122183 was reported as accurate
  • April 13, 2019:
    Serial Number 122183 was reported as accurate
  • April 9, 2019:
    Serial Number 122183 was reported as accurate
  • December 18, 2018:
    Serial Number 123588 was reported as accurate
  • December 1, 2018:
    Serial Number 124741 was reported as accurate
  • October 21, 2018:
    Serial Number 120514 was reported as accurate
  • June 7, 2018:
    Serial Number 123862 was reported as accurate
  • April 17, 2018:
    Serial Number 122127 was reported as accurate
  • February 25, 2018:
    Serial Number 120158 was reported as accurate
  • September 4, 2017:
    Serial Number 122409 was reported as accurate
  • April 29, 2017:
    Serial Number 123494 was reported as accurate
  • April 18, 2017:
    Serial Number 120510 was reported as accurate
  • June 26, 2016:
    Serial Number 122182 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • May 12, 2016:
    Serial Number 122248 was reported as accurate
  • November 3, 2015:
    Serial Number 120519 was reported as accurate
  • July 30, 2015:
    Serial Number 123457 was reported as accurate
  • October 26, 2014:
    Serial Number 120628 was reported as accurate
  • October 18, 2014:
    Serial Number 124985 was reported as accurate
  • September 16, 2014:
    Serial Number 122701 was reported as accurate
  • August 4, 2014:
    Serial Number 121677 was reported as accurate
  • September 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 124868 was reported as accurate
  • September 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 124868 was reported as accurate
  • June 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 124771 was reported as accurate
  • March 30, 2013:
    Serial Number 0120701 was reported as accurate
  • August 25, 2012:
    Serial Number 120343 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: B.W. Raymond, Adjusted, 15 jewels
  • May 15, 2012:
    Serial Number 122021 was reported as accurate
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