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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Elgin Grade 95 Pocket Watch
Elgin Grade 95 Pocket Watch

Grade: 95

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 3985268
Grade: 95
Model: 1
Class: 52
Estimated Production Year: 1890
Run Quantity: 8,000
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
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • January 3, 2019:
    Serial Number 3984534 was reported as accurate
  • February 22, 2018:
    Serial Number 3988909 was reported as accurate
  • October 22, 2016:
    Serial Number 3989790 was reported as accurate
  • October 16, 2016:
    Serial Number 3985268 was reported as accurate
  • October 13, 2016:
    Serial Number 3983977 was reported as accurate
  • October 13, 2016:
    Serial Number 3983977 was reported as accurate
  • December 23, 2013:
    Serial Number 3988787 was reported as accurate
  • April 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 3987989 was reported as accurate
  • March 29, 2013:
    Serial Number 3985829 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Size and jewel count. Tthe movement serial number
    is, 3985829, It says 17 jewel and adjusted and the
    add says size 16. Plus the look of the back of the
    movement isn't like either of the diagrams you
    have here. Hope this helps.
Elgin Grade 95 Pocket Watch
Elgin Grade 95 Pocket Watch