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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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Elgin Grade 12 Pocket Watch
Elgin Grade 12 Pocket Watch

Grade: 12

Chas. Fargo

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 145445
Grade: 12
Variation: Chas. Fargo
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1871
Run Quantity: 5,000
Grade/Model Run: 17 of 59
Total Production: 70,255
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
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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  • January 1, 2020:
    Serial Number 148854 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • December 26, 2019:
    Serial Number 148696 was reported as accurate
  • October 26, 2019:
    Serial Number 148403 was reported as accurate
  • June 18, 2019:
    Serial Number 147759 was reported as accurate
  • March 14, 2019:
    Serial Number 147273 was reported as accurate
  • January 20, 2019:
    Serial Number 147087 was reported as accurate
  • November 19, 2018:
    Serial Number 148608 was reported as accurate
  • July 21, 2018:
    Serial Number 148972 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • February 2, 2018:
    Serial Number 148364 was reported as accurate
  • January 25, 2018:
    Serial Number 147577 was reported as accurate
  • January 25, 2018:
    Serial Number 147577 was reported as accurate
  • January 22, 2018:
    Serial Number 147577 was reported as accurate
  • January 17, 2018:
    Serial Number 146401 was reported as accurate
  • January 10, 2018:
    Serial Number 145768 was reported as accurate
  • December 14, 2017:
    Serial Number 146656 was reported as accurate
  • August 12, 2016:
    Serial Number 145012 was reported as accurate
  • July 4, 2016:
    Serial Number 148489 was reported as accurate
  • March 18, 2016:
    Serial Number 147293 was reported as accurate
  • January 21, 2016:
    Serial Number 149950 was reported as accurate
  • January 13, 2016:
    Serial Number 147462 was reported as accurate
  • December 6, 2015:
    Serial Number 145821 was reported as accurate
  • January 19, 2015:
    Serial Number 147577 was reported as accurate
  • December 16, 2014:
    Serial Number 147577 was reported as accurate
  • October 10, 2014:
    Serial Number 147405 was reported as accurate
  • July 13, 2014:
    Serial Number 149341 was reported as accurate
  • February 11, 2014:
    Serial Number 148789 was reported as accurate
  • January 25, 2014:
    Serial Number 146927 was reported as accurate
  • December 8, 2013:
    Serial Number 148694 was reported as accurate
  • September 20, 2013:
    Serial Number 147999 was reported as accurate
  • June 30, 2013:
    Serial Number 147434 was reported as accurate
  • March 26, 2013:
    Serial Number 145314 was reported as accurate
  • February 26, 2013:
    Serial Number 148238 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement marked 'Chas. Fargo'
  • December 13, 2012:
    Serial Number 145992 was reported as accurate
  • November 22, 2012:
    Serial Number 149489 was reported as accurate
  • June 10, 2012:
    Serial Number 147660 was reported as accurate
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Elgin Grade 12 Pocket Watch
Elgin Grade 12 Pocket Watch