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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.
  5. Always select the correct manufacturer, which is usually stamped on the watch movement.
  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: 12

M.D. Ogden

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 215315
Grade: 12
Variation: M.D. Ogden
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1873
Run Quantity: 3,000
Grade/Model Run: 28 of 59
Total Production: 70,255
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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  • April 21, 2018:
    Serial Number 217971 was reported as accurate
  • December 31, 2016:
    Serial Number 217413 was reported as accurate
  • September 21, 2016:
    Serial Number 217883 was reported as accurate
  • May 10, 2016:
    Serial Number 216848 was reported as accurate
  • December 15, 2015:
    Serial Number 215315 was reported as accurate
  • October 25, 2015:
    Serial Number 216457 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement has 11 jewels and is hunting
    configuration.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • May 24, 2015:
    Serial Number 215315 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 11 Jewels
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • March 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 217515 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • February 16, 2014:
    Serial Number 215375 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement configuration is open face
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • November 30, 2013:
    Serial Number 215375 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • April 5, 2013:
    Serial Number 216565 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • December 15, 2012:
    Serial Number 216328 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
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