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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.
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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Elgin Grade 82 Pocket Watch

Grade: 82

Some Marked "G.M. Wheeler"

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 3152730
Grade: 82
Variation: G.M. Wheeler
Model: 3
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1889
Run Quantity: 2,000
Grade/Model Run: 21 of 65
Total Production: 155,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Moseley
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
1904 Elgin Serial List
1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
Research Note: #3152253: Verified as Marked "G.M. Wheeler."
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Verifications & Observations

3152001
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3154000
  • October 20, 2019:
    Serial Number 3152948 was reported as accurate
  • August 19, 2019:
    Serial Number 3152090 was reported as accurate
  • September 10, 2018:
    Serial Number 3152334 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j or 15j to 15j
  • December 1, 2017:
    Serial Number 3153107 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j or 15j to 15j
  • November 12, 2017:
    Serial Number 3153107 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j or 15j to 15j
  • November 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 3153026 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: marked G.M.WHEELER.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j or 15j to 15j
  • August 27, 2017:
    Serial Number 3152592 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j or 15j to 15j
  • August 11, 2017:
    Serial Number 3153047 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j or 15j to 15j
  • August 22, 2013:
    Serial Number 3153981 was reported as accurate
  • August 14, 2013:
    Serial Number 3153085 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Not marked G.M. Wheeler
  • March 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 3152780 was reported as accurate
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Elgin Grade 82 Pocket Watch