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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: 96

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 2534662
Grade: 96
Model: 4
Class: 6
Estimated Production Year: 1888
Run Quantity: 10,000
Grade/Model Run: 5 of 106
Total Production: 566,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
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1915 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
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  • August 29, 2019:
    Serial Number 2539712 was reported as accurate
  • August 14, 2019:
    Serial Number 2534306 was reported as accurate
  • April 19, 2019:
    Serial Number 2539772 was reported as accurate
  • February 26, 2019:
    Serial Number 2537988 was reported as accurate
  • December 16, 2018:
    Serial Number 2532841 was reported as accurate
  • December 13, 2018:
    Serial Number 2532796 was reported as accurate
  • October 27, 2018:
    Serial Number 2535746 was reported as accurate
  • September 23, 2018:
    Serial Number 2532269 was reported as accurate
  • June 16, 2018:
    Serial Number 2530674 was reported as accurate
  • October 9, 2017:
    Serial Number 2535048 was reported as accurate
  • March 31, 2017:
    Serial Number 2536843 was reported as accurate
  • February 7, 2017:
    Serial Number 2530056 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 12, 2016:
    Serial Number 2536855 was reported as accurate
  • February 1, 2016:
    Serial Number 2538767 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 29, 2015:
    Serial Number 2531969 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 15 jewel movemeny
  • November 11, 2015:
    Serial Number 2532083 was reported as accurate
  • November 3, 2015:
    Serial Number 2531402 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • August 8, 2015:
    Serial Number 2534544 was reported as accurate
  • July 15, 2015:
    Serial Number 2533138 was reported as accurate
  • November 16, 2014:
    Serial Number 2535925 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Est. Value of watch
    Curator Response: Unless your movement is in a silver or gold case, the estimated value is indeed correct.
  • July 13, 2014:
    Serial Number 2531192 was reported as accurate
  • July 12, 2014:
    Serial Number 2531192 was reported as accurate
  • June 7, 2014:
    Serial Number 2532073 was reported as accurate
  • March 2, 2014:
    Serial Number 2530548 was reported as accurate
  • January 26, 2014:
    Serial Number 2532360 was reported as accurate
  • January 4, 2014:
    Serial Number 2538373 was reported as accurate
  • December 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 2532642 was reported as accurate
  • October 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 2538821 was reported as accurate
  • August 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 2531075 was reported as accurate
  • August 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 2534662 was reported as accurate
  • August 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 2534669 was reported as accurate
  • August 22, 2013:
    Serial Number 2539313 was reported as accurate
  • March 31, 2013:
    Serial Number 2538447 was reported as accurate
  • February 18, 2013:
    Serial Number 2531741 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • February 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 2532660 was reported as accurate
  • January 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 2532083 was reported as accurate
  • October 24, 2012:
    Serial Number 2534525 was reported as accurate
  • August 19, 2012:
    Serial Number 2533150 was reported as accurate
  • August 6, 2012:
    Serial Number 2530359 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: the fast/slow adjustment scale is located on the
    cock. Not as pictured. Table entries seem to
    correct though.
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