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.
  5. Always select the correct manufacturer, which is usually stamped on the watch movement.
  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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Elgin Grade 291 Research

Elgin Grade 291 Advertisement from 1915
Grade 291 Not Pictured

Dearborn Watch & Clock Co. Catalog

Publication Date: c. 1915

Page: 89

Finish Description:Plates Damaskeened
Jewel Count Marked:Yes
Jewel Description:Seven Jewels (Settings), Ruby Balance Jewels
Dial Type:Single-sunk
Description:16 Size Elgin 7 Jewel Nickel Movement
No. 290 is Hunting style.
No. 291 is Open Face style.
Pendant winding and setting, seven jewels (settings), ruby balance jewels, Breguet hairspring, with polished regulator, exposed winding wheels, patent recoiling click and self-locking setting device, dust ring, sunk-second dial, plates damaskeened.
No. 1669 Hunting style, pendant set. $12.60
No. 1670 Open face style, pendant set. $12.60