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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 "guts" of the watch).
  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
  3. If the serial number includes a letter, enter it along with the number when using the lookup feature.
  4. 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.
  5. Always select the correct manufacturer, which is usually stamped on the watch movement.
  6. If the manufacturer is not listed on the site, you may have a "private label" watch or it may not be American-made.
  7. 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: 58

H.H. Taylor

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 36891
Grade: 58
Variation: H.H. Taylor
Model: 1
Class: 3
Estimated Production Year: 1869
Run Quantity: 2,000
Total Production: 28,354
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: Yes
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
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  • November 26, 2017:
    Serial Number 37071 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement setting is lever not key
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. This movement was produced before a lever-setting mechanism was available on Elgin watches. Please double-check the serial number on the movement.
  • October 31, 2017:
    Serial Number 37148 was reported as accurate
  • April 8, 2017:
    Serial Number 37709 was reported as accurate
  • June 8, 2016:
    Serial Number 36687 was reported as accurate
  • May 10, 2016:
    Serial Number 36870 was reported as accurate
  • April 1, 2016:
    Serial Number 36713 was reported as accurate
  • January 12, 2016:
    Serial Number 37194 was reported as accurate
  • August 19, 2015:
    Serial Number 37941 was reported as accurate
  • July 28, 2015:
    Serial Number 37518 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • September 26, 2014:
    Serial Number 36830 was reported as accurate
  • September 20, 2014:
    Serial Number 36836 was reported as accurate
  • September 20, 2014:
    Serial Number 36836 was reported as accurate
  • September 19, 2014:
    Serial Number 36836 was reported as accurate
  • January 20, 2014:
    Serial Number 37513 was reported as accurate
  • August 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 36176 was reported as accurate
  • July 10, 2013:
    Serial Number 37907 was reported as accurate
  • May 15, 2013:
    Serial Number 36479 was reported as accurate
  • March 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 37451 was reported as accurate
  • March 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 37451 was reported as accurate
  • January 23, 2013:
    Serial Number 37308 was reported as accurate
  • October 1, 2012:
    Serial Number 37290 was reported as accurate
  • August 20, 2012:
    Serial Number 36260 was reported as accurate
  • August 3, 2012:
    Serial Number 37024 was reported as accurate
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