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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: 327152
Grade: 57
Variation: G.M. Wheeler
Model: 1
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1874
Run Quantity: 949
Grade/Model Run: 67 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

327052
Verification Serial Map
328000
  • May 29, 2020:
    Serial Number 327310 was reported as accurate
  • March 7, 2020:
    Serial Number 327310 was reported as accurate
  • February 10, 2020:
    Serial Number 327310 was reported as accurate
  • December 1, 2019:
    Serial Number 327310 was reported as accurate
  • November 28, 2019:
    Serial Number 327945 was reported as accurate
  • November 24, 2019:
    Serial Number 327310 was reported as accurate
  • November 20, 2019:
    Serial Number 327310 was reported as accurate
  • November 6, 2019:
    Serial Number 327310 was reported as accurate
  • November 1, 2019:
    Serial Number 327310 was reported as accurate
  • July 28, 2019:
    Serial Number 327932 was reported as accurate
  • January 3, 2018:
    Serial Number 327555 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: My Elgin model1 is lever set and stem wind. Rare
    I think. I have three of them. Been collecting
    for 30 ears
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. Do you happen to know if this watch features an Abbott conversion mechanism, or is it an Elgin factory original?
  • June 25, 2016:
    Serial Number 327379 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • April 24, 2016:
    Serial Number 327152 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 11j
  • January 31, 2013:
    Serial Number 327091 was reported as accurate
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