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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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  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: 57

G.M. Wheeler

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 198907
Grade: 57
Variation: G.M. Wheeler
Model: 1
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1872
Run Quantity: 5,000
Grade/Model Run: 36 of 87
Total Production: 75,146
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
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Verifications & Observations

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  • February 20, 2020:
    Serial Number 197178 was reported as accurate
  • August 27, 2019:
    Serial Number 197222 was reported as accurate
  • June 8, 2019:
    Serial Number 198907 was reported as accurate
  • April 1, 2019:
    Serial Number 198303 was reported as accurate
  • March 29, 2019:
    Serial Number 198303 was reported as accurate
  • March 13, 2019:
    Serial Number 199211 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • March 10, 2019:
    Serial Number 195026 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • March 4, 2019:
    Serial Number 196420 was reported as accurate
  • December 1, 2018:
    Serial Number 197073 was reported as accurate
  • November 28, 2018:
    Serial Number 195846 was reported as accurate
  • October 8, 2018:
    Serial Number 198343 was reported as accurate
  • July 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 195642 was reported as accurate
  • April 21, 2018:
    Serial Number 198491 was reported as accurate
  • April 18, 2018:
    Serial Number 197666 was reported as accurate
  • April 8, 2018:
    Serial Number 199056 was reported as accurate
  • March 1, 2018:
    Serial Number 195881 was reported as accurate
  • February 26, 2018:
    Serial Number 198237 was reported as accurate
  • January 8, 2018:
    Serial Number 196349 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • December 18, 2017:
    Serial Number 195065 was reported as accurate
  • October 27, 2017:
    Serial Number 196241 was reported as accurate
  • October 24, 2017:
    Serial Number 196241 was reported as accurate
  • September 1, 2017:
    Serial Number 195902 was reported as accurate
  • August 19, 2017:
    Serial Number 195902 was reported as accurate
  • June 6, 2017:
    Serial Number 197709 was reported as accurate
  • April 20, 2017:
    Serial Number 198955 was reported as accurate
  • February 3, 2017:
    Serial Number 196506 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • October 25, 2016:
    Serial Number 198237 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • July 25, 2016:
    Serial Number 198237 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • July 8, 2015:
    Serial Number 196428 was reported as accurate
  • July 8, 2015:
    Serial Number 196428 was reported as accurate
  • March 12, 2015:
    Serial Number 197329 was reported as accurate
  • March 10, 2015:
    Serial Number 196428 was reported as accurate
  • January 2, 2015:
    Serial Number 198288 was reported as accurate
  • December 18, 2014:
    Serial Number 199249 was reported as accurate
  • October 17, 2014:
    Serial Number 199005 was reported as accurate
  • December 11, 2013:
    Serial Number 197516 was reported as accurate
  • November 11, 2013:
    Serial Number 197876 was reported as accurate
  • October 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 198411 was reported as accurate
  • October 5, 2013:
    Serial Number 197758 was reported as accurate
  • May 21, 2013:
    Serial Number 195736 was reported as accurate
  • March 22, 2013:
    Serial Number 198050 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • March 22, 2013:
    Serial Number 196123 was reported as accurate
  • December 29, 2012:
    Serial Number 198378 was reported as accurate
  • November 20, 2012:
    Serial Number 198540 was reported as accurate
  • October 22, 2012:
    Serial Number 198420 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • August 15, 2012:
    Serial Number 197534 was reported as accurate
  • August 6, 2012:
    Serial Number 197534 was reported as accurate
  • June 8, 2012:
    Serial Number 196289 was reported as accurate
  • May 3, 2012:
    Serial Number 199355 was reported as accurate
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