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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.
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  4. If the manufacturer is not listed on the site, you may have a "private label" watch or it may not be American-made.
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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 86

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 1395613
Grade: 86
Model: 2
Class: 22
Estimated Production Year: 1884
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 5 of 16
Total Production: 16,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 15j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Convertible
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Bridge Plate
Bridge Type: 3-finger Straight
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Moseley
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
U.S. Patents: 185867
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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1396000
  • November 27, 2019:
    Serial Number 1395465 was reported as accurate
  • July 6, 2017:
    Serial Number 1395928 was reported as accurate
  • March 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 1395817 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Is not a Railroad grade watch....
    Curator Response: This watch would have certainly qualified for railroad service at the time of production.
  • November 6, 2016:
    Serial Number 1395465 was reported as accurate
  • November 9, 2014:
    Serial Number 1395422 was reported as accurate
  • June 19, 2014:
    Serial Number 1395865 was reported as accurate
  • September 14, 2013:
    Serial Number 1395545 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement Configuration: Convertible
    Plate: Bridge Plate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Configuration changed from Unknown to Convertible
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • March 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 1395545 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • November 16, 2012:
    Serial Number 1395812 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
  • October 16, 2012:
    Serial Number 1395552 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 to Bridge
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