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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:

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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 57

G.M. Wheeler

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 293309
Grade: 57
Variation: G.M. Wheeler
Model: 1
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1873
Run Quantity: 5,000
Grade/Model Run: 59 of 87
Total Production: 75,146
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
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Verifications & Observations

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295000
  • August 22, 2019:
    Serial Number 294174 was reported as accurate
  • June 28, 2019:
    Serial Number 293445 was reported as accurate
  • March 28, 2019:
    Serial Number 290700 was reported as accurate
  • March 28, 2019:
    Serial Number 290700 was reported as accurate
  • March 4, 2019:
    Serial Number 292467 was reported as accurate
  • November 28, 2018:
    Serial Number 294633 was reported as accurate
  • October 5, 2018:
    Serial Number 293878 was reported as accurate
  • August 28, 2018:
    Serial Number 290162 was reported as accurate
  • May 3, 2018:
    Serial Number 290801 was reported as accurate
  • November 29, 2017:
    Serial Number 290925 was reported as accurate
  • April 29, 2017:
    Serial Number 292743 was reported as accurate
  • September 10, 2016:
    Serial Number 290429 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • June 24, 2016:
    Serial Number 290429 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • August 6, 2014:
    Serial Number 293830 was reported as accurate
  • May 17, 2014:
    Serial Number 294370 was reported as accurate
  • April 8, 2014:
    Serial Number 294370 was reported as accurate
  • April 8, 2014:
    Serial Number 294370 was reported as accurate
  • January 26, 2014:
    Serial Number 293621 was reported as accurate
  • September 2, 2013:
    Serial Number 293309 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: I at some point mistakenly reported this one as
    open face, but I was confused. This is a hunting
    configuration key-set movement, in an open face
    case. There is no winding stem, so the movement
    is indifferent as to what kind of case it goes
    into, but the relative positions of the balance,
    barrel and fourth wheel is the same as a hunting
    movement.
  • August 8, 2013:
    Serial Number 290062 was reported as accurate
  • July 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 291964 was reported as accurate
  • June 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 294641 was reported as accurate
  • January 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 292414 was reported as accurate
  • December 27, 2012:
    Serial Number 294496 was reported as accurate
  • December 20, 2012:
    Serial Number 294640 was reported as accurate
  • December 11, 2012:
    Serial Number 0294167 was reported as accurate
  • December 9, 2012:
    Serial Number 292072 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: open face
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