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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: 10

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 2788196
Grade: 10
Model: 3
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1888
Run Quantity: 10,000
Total Production: 273,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • August 8, 2017:
    Serial Number 2783916 was reported as accurate
  • June 13, 2017:
    Serial Number 2782797 was reported as accurate
  • October 13, 2016:
    Serial Number 2786020 was reported as accurate
  • August 29, 2016:
    Serial Number 2782488 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • August 22, 2016:
    Serial Number 2786077 was reported as accurate
  • November 30, 2015:
    Serial Number 2787223 was reported as accurate
  • October 10, 2015:
    Serial Number 2787051 was reported as accurate
  • March 3, 2015:
    Serial Number 2788483 was reported as accurate
  • January 12, 2015:
    Serial Number 2786145 was reported as accurate
  • December 25, 2014:
    Serial Number 2785166 was reported as accurate
  • July 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 2782104 was reported as accurate
  • March 27, 2014:
    Serial Number 2784789 was reported as accurate
  • November 8, 2013:
    Serial Number 2788664 was reported as accurate
  • October 11, 2013:
    Serial Number 2786664 was reported as accurate
  • October 5, 2013:
    Serial Number 2786321 was reported as accurate
  • October 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 2786664 was reported as accurate
  • May 10, 2013:
    Serial Number 2782463 was reported as accurate
  • April 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 2788290 was reported as accurate
  • April 23, 2013:
    Serial Number 2782463 was reported as accurate
  • April 18, 2013:
    Serial Number 2784937 was reported as accurate
  • January 31, 2013:
    Serial Number 2782407 was reported as accurate
  • December 13, 2012:
    Serial Number 2787869 was reported as accurate
  • December 3, 2012:
    Serial Number 2782260 was reported as accurate
  • December 1, 2012:
    Serial Number 2784366 was reported as accurate
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