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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.
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  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 478 Pocket Watch

Grade: 478

B.W. Raymond

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 28724509
Grade: 478
Model: 15
Estimated Production Year: 1926
Run Quantity: 2,000
Grade/Model Run: 33 of 90
Total Production: 185,400
Size: 16s
Jewels: 21j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Ball
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Railroad Grade: Yes
Wind Indicator Available: Yes
Wind Indicator Present: Unknown
U.S. Patents: 77078, 596407
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

28724001
Verification Serial Map
28726000
  • October 18, 2019:
    Serial Number 28725731 was reported as accurate
  • October 2, 2018:
    Serial Number 28725183 was reported as accurate
  • July 17, 2018:
    Serial Number 28724252 was reported as accurate
  • January 28, 2018:
    Serial Number 28724241 was reported as accurate
  • September 23, 2017:
    Serial Number 28725288 was reported as accurate
  • June 9, 2017:
    Serial Number 28725556 was reported as accurate
  • February 2, 2017:
    Serial Number 28725898 was reported as accurate
  • June 9, 2016:
    Serial Number 28724252 was reported as accurate
  • April 23, 2016:
    Serial Number 28724192 was reported as accurate
  • March 4, 2016:
    Serial Number 28724509 was reported as accurate
  • October 20, 2015:
    Serial Number 28724252 was reported as accurate
  • February 1, 2015:
    Serial Number 28724398 was reported as accurate
  • June 25, 2014:
    Serial Number 28725606 was reported as accurate
  • April 1, 2014:
    Serial Number 28725999 was reported as accurate
  • January 16, 2014:
    Serial Number 28724448 was reported as accurate
  • January 14, 2014:
    Serial Number 28725025 was reported as accurate
  • January 1, 2014:
    Serial Number 28725776 was reported as accurate
  • December 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 28725851 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Mine does not have a wind indicator.
  • November 29, 2013:
    Serial Number 28725851 was reported as accurate
  • July 18, 2012:
    Serial Number 28724691 was reported as accurate
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Elgin Grade 478 Pocket Watch