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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.
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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: 291

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 21715028
Grade: 291
Model: 7
Class: 110
Estimated Production Year: 1919
Run Quantity: 7,000
Grade/Model Run: 217 of 424
Total Production: 1,487,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
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
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 596407
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
21721000
  • January 18, 2019:
    Serial Number 21720571 was reported as accurate
  • May 19, 2018:
    Serial Number 21717372 was reported as accurate
  • November 15, 2017:
    Serial Number 21714436 was reported as accurate
  • August 8, 2017:
    Serial Number 21714897 was reported as accurate
  • March 16, 2017:
    Serial Number 21714489 was reported as accurate
  • January 7, 2017:
    Serial Number 21718041 was reported as accurate
  • June 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 21718004 was reported as accurate
  • February 19, 2014:
    Serial Number 21716709 was reported as accurate
  • August 21, 2013:
    Serial Number 21715028 was reported as accurate
  • August 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 21715028 was reported as accurate
  • March 21, 2013:
    Serial Number 21716171 was reported as accurate
  • February 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 21716171 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Correction to: 21,716,171: This particular
    movement has a MOTOR BARREL. Very unusual in a 7
    jewel movement. Just cleaned and oiled and it is
    keeping excellent time. DWC in KS.
  • January 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 21716171 was reported as accurate
  • June 11, 2012:
    Serial Number 21719969 was reported as accurate
  • May 22, 2012:
    Serial Number 21719969 was reported as accurate
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