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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 "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 303 Pocket Watch

Grade: 303

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 20887066
Grade: 303
Model: 3
Class: 114
Estimated Production Year: 1918
Run Quantity: 8,000
Grade/Model Run: 191 of 371
Total Production: 2,215,000
Size: 12s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Balance Type: Expansion
Balance Jewel Material: Ruby
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Hairspring: Breguet
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 596407
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

20887001
Verification Serial Map
20895000
  • December 27, 2017:
    Serial Number 20892601 was reported as accurate
  • December 25, 2017:
    Serial Number 20887929 was reported as accurate
  • September 29, 2017:
    Serial Number 20894673 was reported as accurate
  • December 19, 2016:
    Serial Number 20894872 was reported as accurate
  • March 1, 2016:
    Serial Number 20889369 was reported as accurate
  • July 13, 2014:
    Serial Number 20890625 was reported as accurate
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Elgin Grade 303 Pocket Watch