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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: 95

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 3400432
Grade: 95
Model: 1
Class: 52
Estimated Production Year: 1889
Run Quantity: 7,000
Grade/Model Run: 25 of 56
Total Production: 409,000
Size: 6s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
3407000
  • November 12, 2019:
    Serial Number 3403470 was reported as accurate
  • October 23, 2019:
    Serial Number 3400432 was reported as accurate
  • July 20, 2019:
    Serial Number 3405208 was reported as accurate
  • December 11, 2017:
    Serial Number 3401001 was reported as accurate
  • December 11, 2017:
    Serial Number 3401001 was reported as accurate
  • December 8, 2017:
    Serial Number 3402665 was reported as accurate
  • March 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 3402948 was reported as accurate
  • October 17, 2015:
    Serial Number 3403425 was reported as accurate
  • July 29, 2015:
    Serial Number 3403744 was reported as accurate
  • January 15, 2015:
    Serial Number 3405415 was reported as accurate
  • January 7, 2014:
    Serial Number 3400436 was reported as accurate
  • September 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 3402994 was reported as accurate
  • July 30, 2013:
    Serial Number 3403568 was reported as accurate
  • January 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 3402496 was reported as accurate
  • November 25, 2012:
    Serial Number 3402257 was reported as accurate
  • August 19, 2012:
    Serial Number 3406247 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
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