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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: 94

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 3311108
Grade: 94
Model: 1
Class: 52
Estimated Production Year: 1889
Run Quantity: 5,000
Grade/Model Run: 21 of 44
Total Production: 188,000
Size: 6s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
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1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

3308001
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3313000
  • July 4, 2020:
    Serial Number 3309468 was reported as accurate
  • May 29, 2019:
    Serial Number 3309928 was reported as accurate
  • February 3, 2019:
    Serial Number 3308602 was reported as accurate
  • January 20, 2019:
    Serial Number 3308139 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: The case for our movement serial number 3308139 is
    engraved: Dec. 25th 88
    which indicates this may have been a gift as
    early as Christmas 1888 for a serial number
    manufactured attributed as 1889. Very close dates
    for manufacturing. I'll try to send photos.
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. Production years are simply estimates, usually accurate within +/-3 years.
  • December 27, 2018:
    Serial Number 3309704 was reported as accurate
  • August 26, 2018:
    Serial Number 3309351 was reported as accurate
  • August 18, 2018:
    Serial Number 3310659 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • August 18, 2018:
    Serial Number 3310659 was reported as accurate
  • August 18, 2018:
    Serial Number 3310659 was reported as accurate
  • July 11, 2018:
    Serial Number 3311655 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 17 jewels
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. If possible, please upload an image of the movement to your collection so we can take a closer look.
  • June 19, 2018:
    Serial Number 3311655 was reported as accurate
  • March 11, 2018:
    Serial Number 3309029 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • February 19, 2018:
    Serial Number 3310066 was reported as accurate
  • November 13, 2014:
    Serial Number 3310921 was reported as accurate
  • February 8, 2014:
    Serial Number 3309891 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • December 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 3311772 was reported as accurate
  • November 5, 2013:
    Serial Number 3309195 was reported as accurate
  • November 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 3310921 was reported as accurate
  • August 8, 2013:
    Serial Number 3310868 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • May 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 3308236 was reported as accurate
  • February 13, 2013:
    Serial Number 3311772 was reported as accurate
  • September 21, 2012:
    Serial Number 3310945 was reported as accurate
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