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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.
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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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Grade: 57

G.M. Wheeler

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 315003
Grade: 57
Variation: G.M. Wheeler
Model: 1
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1873
Run Quantity: 5,000
Grade/Model Run: 63 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

315001
Verification Serial Map
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  • May 27, 2020:
    Serial Number 315213 was reported as accurate
  • March 29, 2020:
    Serial Number 318043 was reported as accurate
  • September 8, 2019:
    Serial Number 315219 was reported as accurate
  • June 10, 2018:
    Serial Number 315079 was reported as accurate
  • June 3, 2018:
    Serial Number 318412 was reported as accurate
  • March 9, 2018:
    Serial Number 317798 was reported as accurate
  • January 25, 2018:
    Serial Number 319429 was reported as accurate
  • January 21, 2018:
    Serial Number 319429 was reported as accurate
  • December 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 318151 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • November 10, 2016:
    Serial Number 316257 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • March 20, 2016:
    Serial Number 318967 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • September 24, 2015:
    Serial Number 318302 was reported as accurate
  • September 22, 2015:
    Serial Number 317987 was reported as accurate
  • September 18, 2015:
    Serial Number 317084 was reported as accurate
  • April 19, 2015:
    Serial Number 317513 was reported as accurate
  • April 19, 2015:
    Serial Number 317513 was reported as accurate
  • April 11, 2015:
    Serial Number 316915 was reported as accurate
  • April 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 317517 was reported as accurate
  • February 27, 2015:
    Serial Number 315087 was reported as accurate
  • February 27, 2015:
    Serial Number 315087 was reported as accurate
  • February 27, 2015:
    Serial Number 315087 was reported as accurate
  • December 31, 2014:
    Serial Number 316915 was reported as accurate
  • December 13, 2014:
    Serial Number 318151 was reported as accurate
  • May 6, 2014:
    Serial Number 315396 was reported as accurate
  • March 20, 2014:
    Serial Number 315236 was reported as accurate
  • May 18, 2013:
    Serial Number 318299 was reported as accurate
  • March 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 315295 was reported as accurate
  • February 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 319405 was reported as accurate
  • February 13, 2013:
    Serial Number 319067 was reported as accurate
  • November 8, 2012:
    Serial Number 317046 was reported as accurate
  • June 4, 2012:
    Serial Number 319613 was reported as accurate
  • June 2, 2012:
    Serial Number 318094 was reported as accurate
  • April 21, 2012:
    Serial Number 316434 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 21, 2012:
    Serial Number 316434 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
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