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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: 57

Elgin Nat'l. Watch Co.

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 398810
Grade: 57
Variation: Elgin Nat'l. Watch Co.
Model: 1
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1874
Run Quantity: 2,000
Grade/Model Run: 78 of 87
Total Production: 75,146
Size: 18s
Jewels: 13j
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
Movement Markings: Elgin Nat'l. Watch Co.
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

398001
Verification Serial Map
400000
  • June 10, 2019:
    Serial Number 399390 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 11j to 13j
  • January 29, 2019:
    Serial Number 398354 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 11j to 13j
  • December 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 398810 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: It s not marked GM Wheeler
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. The database has been updated accordingly.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 11j to 13j
  • September 7, 2018:
    Serial Number 399697 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 11j to 13j
  • September 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 399697 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 11j to 13j
  • November 9, 2017:
    Serial Number 399381 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 11j to 13j
  • December 8, 2014:
    Serial Number 399451 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 11j to 13j
  • April 6, 2014:
    Serial Number 398059 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 11j to 13j
  • January 31, 2014:
    Serial Number 399352 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 11j to 13j
  • November 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 399795 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 11j to 13j
  • July 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 398920 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 11j to 13j
  • September 14, 2012:
    Serial Number 399172 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: It is in a sterling silver American Watch Co. case
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 11j to 13j
  • June 3, 2012:
    Serial Number 398959 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Not marked "GM Wheeler"
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 11j to 13j
  • April 14, 2012:
    Serial Number 399772 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 11j to 13j
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