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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:

  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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Elgin Grade 13 Pocket Watch

Grade: 13

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 238379
Grade: 13
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1873
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 1 of 38
Total Production: 155,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Jewel Setting: Friction Settings
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
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Verifications & Observations

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  • December 22, 2019:
    Serial Number 238971 was reported as accurate
  • July 29, 2019:
    Serial Number 238379 was reported as accurate
  • February 17, 2018:
    Serial Number 238951 was reported as accurate
  • March 16, 2015:
    Serial Number 238248 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • February 19, 2014:
    Serial Number 238532 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • October 10, 2013:
    Serial Number 238278 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: The case is a large silverroid open face.
    Otherwise everything else seems to match.
  • May 11, 2013:
    Serial Number 238585 was reported as accurate
  • December 5, 2012:
    Serial Number 238436 was reported as accurate
Elgin Grade 13 Pocket Watch