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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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Elgin Grade 96 Pocket Watch
Elgin Grade 96 Pocket Watch

Grade: 96

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 2636981
Grade: 96
Model: 4
Class: 6
Estimated Production Year: 1888
Run Quantity: 25,000
Grade/Model Run: 6 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
U.S. Patents: 77078
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Verifications & Observations

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  • June 19, 2020:
    Serial Number 2639186 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 7, 2020:
    Serial Number 2637119 was reported as accurate
  • March 17, 2020:
    Serial Number 2625317 was reported as accurate
  • January 17, 2020:
    Serial Number 2627903 was reported as accurate
  • January 11, 2020:
    Serial Number 2635894 was reported as accurate
  • August 10, 2019:
    Serial Number 2636202 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • July 27, 2019:
    Serial Number 2634454 was reported as accurate
  • May 4, 2019:
    Serial Number 2638713 was reported as accurate
  • April 16, 2019:
    Serial Number 2625251 was reported as accurate
  • December 27, 2018:
    Serial Number 2640587 was reported as accurate
  • December 16, 2018:
    Serial Number 2634031 was reported as accurate
  • November 25, 2018:
    Serial Number 2641046 was reported as accurate
  • July 22, 2018:
    Serial Number 2640164 was reported as accurate
  • July 11, 2018:
    Serial Number 2647585 was reported as accurate
  • June 15, 2018:
    Serial Number 2645807 was reported as accurate
  • June 7, 2018:
    Serial Number 2635753 was reported as accurate
  • June 7, 2018:
    Serial Number 2635753 was reported as accurate
  • May 5, 2018:
    Serial Number 2636140 was reported as accurate
  • February 10, 2018:
    Serial Number 2645664 was reported as accurate
  • February 8, 2018:
    Serial Number 2643834 was reported as accurate
  • December 26, 2017:
    Serial Number 2638411 was reported as accurate
  • November 3, 2017:
    Serial Number 2637619 was reported as accurate
  • August 14, 2017:
    Serial Number 2639595 was reported as accurate
  • August 8, 2017:
    Serial Number 2629498 was reported as accurate
  • July 26, 2017:
    Serial Number 2627295 was reported as accurate
  • July 23, 2017:
    Serial Number 2627295 was reported as accurate
  • April 12, 2017:
    Serial Number 2633285 was reported as accurate
  • October 8, 2016:
    Serial Number 2635285 was reported as accurate
  • February 10, 2016:
    Serial Number 2643352 was reported as accurate
  • December 18, 2015:
    Serial Number 2642915 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • September 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 2625860 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 17 jewels
  • September 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 2625860 was reported as accurate
  • August 10, 2014:
    Serial Number 2644677 was reported as accurate
  • March 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 2627070 was reported as accurate
  • February 21, 2014:
    Serial Number 2645343 was reported as accurate
  • December 8, 2013:
    Serial Number 2626165 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 14, 2013:
    Serial Number 2632344 was reported as accurate
  • June 18, 2013:
    Serial Number 2648290 was reported as accurate
  • June 13, 2013:
    Serial Number 2647281 was reported as accurate
  • May 29, 2013:
    Serial Number 2648290 was reported as accurate
  • May 21, 2013:
    Serial Number 2648290 was reported as accurate
  • March 20, 2013:
    Serial Number 2638198 was reported as accurate
  • February 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 2647281 was reported as accurate
  • January 31, 2013:
    Serial Number 2629023 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: size 16
  • December 3, 2012:
    Serial Number 2634101 was reported as accurate
  • November 28, 2012:
    Serial Number 2633451 was reported as accurate
  • September 19, 2012:
    Serial Number 2626749 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • May 5, 2012:
    Serial Number 2645807 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
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Elgin Grade 96 Pocket Watch
Elgin Grade 96 Pocket Watch