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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: 57

G.M. Wheeler

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 23039
Grade: 57
Variation: G.M. Wheeler
Model: 1
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1868
Run Quantity: 1,000
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
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

23001
Verification Serial Map
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  • June 8, 2017:
    Serial Number 23913 was reported as accurate
  • January 8, 2017:
    Serial Number 23733 was reported as accurate
  • December 15, 2016:
    Serial Number 23363 was reported as accurate
  • May 26, 2016:
    Serial Number 23746 was reported as accurate
  • January 20, 2016:
    Serial Number 23006 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 23006 is an 11j
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • September 30, 2015:
    Serial Number 23006 was reported as accurate
  • July 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 23923 was reported as accurate
  • July 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 23923 was reported as accurate
  • March 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 23308 was reported as accurate
  • May 12, 2012:
    Serial Number 23725 was reported as accurate
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