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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: 320

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 12798490
Grade: 320
Model: 2
Class: 116
Estimated Production Year: 1907
Run Quantity: 3,000
Grade/Model Run: 79 of 257
Total Production: 914,000
Size: 0s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Balance Type: Expansion
Balance Jewel Material: Ruby
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Hairspring: Breguet
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 596407
Data Research: 1909 Elgin Serial List
1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • April 9, 2017:
    Serial Number 12796552 was reported as accurate
  • March 23, 2017:
    Serial Number 12796444 was reported as accurate
  • January 30, 2016:
    Serial Number 12797107 was reported as accurate
  • August 7, 2015:
    Serial Number 12796020 was reported as accurate
  • May 4, 2015:
    Serial Number 12796020 was reported as accurate
  • September 19, 2014:
    Serial Number 12796111 was reported as accurate
  • June 29, 2013:
    Serial Number 12797263 was reported as accurate
  • April 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 12798430 was reported as accurate
  • March 15, 2013:
    Serial Number 12798490 was reported as accurate
  • March 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 12798490 was reported as accurate