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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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Grade: 97

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 2361905
Grade: 97
Model: 1
Class: 6
Estimated Production Year: 1887
Run Quantity: 15,000
Grade/Model Run: 3 of 59
Total Production: 323,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
2365000
  • November 29, 2019:
    Serial Number 2358681 was reported as accurate
  • July 6, 2019:
    Serial Number 2353127 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 12, 2019:
    Serial Number 2359100 was reported as accurate
  • January 5, 2019:
    Serial Number 2360742 was reported as accurate
  • December 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 2361905 was reported as accurate
  • May 14, 2018:
    Serial Number 2359269 was reported as accurate
  • March 14, 2018:
    Serial Number 2362544 was reported as accurate
  • September 1, 2016:
    Serial Number 2356199 was reported as accurate
  • August 27, 2016:
    Serial Number 2356200 was reported as accurate
  • February 13, 2016:
    Serial Number 2362951 was reported as accurate
  • February 9, 2016:
    Serial Number 2354110 was reported as accurate
  • December 3, 2015:
    Serial Number 2350520 was reported as accurate
  • August 18, 2015:
    Serial Number 2355996 was reported as accurate
  • January 22, 2015:
    Serial Number 2360664 was reported as accurate
  • December 28, 2014:
    Serial Number 2354361 was reported as accurate
  • September 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 2363793 was reported as accurate
  • August 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 2360591 was reported as accurate
  • April 11, 2013:
    Serial Number 2350765 was reported as accurate
  • March 10, 2013:
    Serial Number 2356947 was reported as accurate
  • January 29, 2013:
    Serial Number 2360664 was reported as accurate
  • December 24, 2012:
    Serial Number 2358880 was reported as accurate
  • August 25, 2012:
    Serial Number 2356574 was reported as accurate
  • July 28, 2012:
    Serial Number 2351559 was reported as accurate
  • April 11, 2012:
    Serial Number 2356058 was reported as accurate
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