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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.
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  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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Elgin Grade 316 Pocket Watch

Grade: 316

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 15493111
Grade: 316
Model: 4
Class: 105
Estimated Production Year: 1911
Run Quantity: 2,000
Total Production: 73,500
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Balance Type: Expansion
Balance Jewel Material: Ruby
Train: Quick
Regulator: Moseley
Hairspring: Breguet
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

15492001
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15494000
  • November 20, 2018:
    Serial Number 15493111 was reported as accurate
  • February 24, 2018:
    Serial Number 15493111 was reported as accurate
  • February 20, 2018:
    Serial Number 15493111 was reported as accurate
  • October 5, 2017:
    Serial Number 15492397 was reported as accurate
  • March 8, 2017:
    Serial Number 15493827 was reported as accurate
  • August 29, 2016:
    Serial Number 15492907 was reported as accurate
  • October 20, 2014:
    Serial Number 15492927 was reported as accurate
  • July 23, 2014:
    Serial Number 15492424 was reported as accurate
  • November 2, 2013:
    Serial Number 15492458 was reported as accurate
  • February 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 15492283 was reported as accurate
  • September 19, 2012:
    Serial Number 15493828 was reported as accurate
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Elgin Grade 316 Pocket Watch