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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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Grade: 471

8-Day

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 30579198
Grade: 471
Model: 1
Estimated Production Year: 1928
Run Quantity: 7,800
Grade/Model Run: 63 of 68
Total Production: 377,500
Size: 37s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Flat
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • November 6, 2017:
    Serial Number 30579198 was reported as accurate
  • April 30, 2016:
    Serial Number 30579198 was reported as accurate
  • March 24, 2016:
    Serial Number 30574092 was reported as accurate
  • August 14, 2015:
    Serial Number 30580422 was reported as accurate
  • September 19, 2012:
    Serial Number 30575633 was reported as accurate
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