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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:

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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.
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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 97

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 1840382
Grade: 97
Model: 1
Class: 6
Estimated Production Year: 1885
Run Quantity: 27,000
Total Production: 323,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
1850000
  • October 25, 2017:
    Serial Number 1828514 was reported as accurate
  • August 4, 2017:
    Serial Number 1844728 was reported as accurate
  • June 8, 2017:
    Serial Number 1826521 was reported as accurate
  • May 24, 2017:
    Serial Number 1823051 was reported as accurate
  • May 22, 2017:
    Serial Number 1823051 was reported as accurate
  • February 18, 2017:
    Serial Number 1843877 was reported as accurate
  • June 25, 2016:
    Serial Number 1826051 was reported as accurate
  • June 13, 2016:
    Serial Number 1827663 was reported as accurate
  • May 22, 2016:
    Serial Number 1848406 was reported as accurate
  • February 7, 2016:
    Serial Number 1843219 was reported as accurate
  • January 21, 2016:
    Serial Number 1835639 was reported as accurate
  • December 10, 2015:
    Serial Number 1825977 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 10, 2015:
    Serial Number 1842035 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • October 26, 2015:
    Serial Number 1848796 was reported as accurate
  • October 2, 2015:
    Serial Number 1825928 was reported as accurate
  • July 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 1845331 was reported as accurate
  • June 17, 2015:
    Serial Number 1834581 was reported as accurate
  • April 10, 2015:
    Serial Number 1831601 was reported as accurate
  • November 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 1827786 was reported as accurate
  • September 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 1848811 was reported as accurate
  • September 23, 2014:
    Serial Number 1840003 was reported as accurate
  • July 30, 2014:
    Serial Number 1843271 was reported as accurate
  • May 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 1834435 was reported as accurate
  • May 21, 2014:
    Serial Number 1849035 was reported as accurate
  • May 12, 2014:
    Serial Number 1846472 was reported as accurate
  • March 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 1824076 was reported as accurate
  • October 11, 2013:
    Serial Number 1844420 was reported as accurate
  • October 11, 2013:
    Serial Number 1847443 was reported as accurate
  • October 10, 2013:
    Serial Number 1847443 was reported as accurate
  • August 31, 2013:
    Serial Number 1842712 was reported as accurate
  • July 30, 2013:
    Serial Number 1840184 was reported as accurate
  • June 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 1848275 was reported as accurate
  • April 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 1829017 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Open (not hunter)
  • February 19, 2013:
    Serial Number 1827557 was reported as accurate
  • December 25, 2012:
    Serial Number 1825574 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: location of regulator arm is inaccurate.
  • December 22, 2012:
    Serial Number 1842340 was reported as accurate
  • December 22, 2012:
    Serial Number 1842340 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • August 25, 2012:
    Serial Number 1841564 was reported as accurate
  • August 21, 2012:
    Serial Number 1835136 was reported as accurate
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