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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 "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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Grade: 55

J.T. Ryerson

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 251918
Grade: 55
Variation: J.T. Ryerson
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1873
Run Quantity: 4,100
Grade/Model Run: 77 of 99
Total Production: 73,095
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Balance Type: Solid
Balance Material: Nickel
Train: Slow
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
254100
  • October 17, 2019:
    Serial Number 253660 was reported as accurate
  • November 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 252074 was reported as accurate
  • August 19, 2018:
    Serial Number 250327 was reported as accurate
  • August 19, 2018:
    Serial Number 250327 was reported as accurate
  • December 1, 2017:
    Serial Number 253563 was reported as accurate
  • November 14, 2017:
    Serial Number 253649 was reported as accurate
  • October 23, 2017:
    Serial Number 251776 was reported as accurate
  • April 30, 2017:
    Serial Number 252142 was reported as accurate
  • April 30, 2017:
    Serial Number 252142 was reported as accurate
  • March 25, 2017:
    Serial Number 250694 was reported as accurate
  • December 8, 2016:
    Serial Number 252399 was reported as accurate
  • May 30, 2016:
    Serial Number 253177 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • December 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 250890 was reported as accurate
  • June 27, 2015:
    Serial Number 253017 was reported as accurate
  • February 13, 2015:
    Serial Number 252193 was reported as accurate
  • January 1, 2015:
    Serial Number 250719 was reported as accurate
  • November 10, 2013:
    Serial Number 253475 was reported as accurate
  • October 25, 2013:
    Serial Number 252805 was reported as accurate
  • May 30, 2013:
    Serial Number 252632 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: the movement is marked J.T.Ryerson
  • May 5, 2013:
    Serial Number 251365 was reported as accurate
  • July 17, 2012:
    Serial Number 251863 was reported as accurate
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