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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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  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
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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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Grade: 454

Father Time

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 20326962
Grade: 454
Variation: Father Time
Model: 15
Estimated Production Year: 1918
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 64,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 21j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Signing Style: Serif Caps
Movement Inlay Color: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Traveling Nut (spring)
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Railroad Grade: Yes
Wind Indicator Available: Yes
Wind Indicator Present: Unknown
U.S. Patents: 77078, 596407
Movement Markings: Elgin Nat'l Watch Co.
U.S.A.
Father Time
Elgin, U.S.A.
21 Jewels
Adjusted 5 Positions
Double Roller
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

20326001
Verification Serial Map
20327000
  • November 16, 2016:
    Serial Number 20326315 was reported as accurate
  • November 19, 2015:
    Serial Number 20326047 was reported as accurate
  • March 19, 2015:
    Serial Number 20326556 was reported as accurate
  • October 26, 2013:
    Serial Number 20326719 was reported as accurate
  • October 13, 2013:
    Serial Number 20326719 was reported as accurate
  • June 15, 2012:
    Serial Number 20326708 was reported as accurate
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