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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.
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  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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Grade: 455

B.W. Raymond

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 23297933
Grade: 455
Model: 15
Estimated Production Year: 1921
Run Quantity: 2,000
Grade/Model Run: 32 of 52
Total Production: 64,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 19j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
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
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

23297001
Verification Serial Map
23299000
  • January 8, 2020:
    Serial Number 23298722 was reported as accurate
  • March 23, 2019:
    Serial Number 23297384 was reported as accurate
  • March 23, 2019:
    Serial Number 23297384 was reported as accurate
  • January 27, 2017:
    Serial Number 23298813 was reported as accurate
  • October 18, 2016:
    Serial Number 23298287 was reported as accurate
  • August 25, 2016:
    Serial Number 23297194 was reported as accurate
  • March 1, 2016:
    Serial Number 23298287 was reported as accurate
  • February 28, 2016:
    Serial Number 23298287 was reported as accurate
  • June 18, 2013:
    Serial Number 23297194 was reported as accurate
  • November 30, 2012:
    Serial Number 23298230 was reported as accurate
  • September 26, 2012:
    Serial Number 23298710 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: No winding indicator
  • August 5, 2012:
    Serial Number 23298550 was reported as accurate
  • April 10, 2012:
    Serial Number 23298890 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: not winding indicator
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