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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.
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  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: 582

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 42466344
Grade: 582
Model: 21
Estimated Production Year: 1944
Run Quantity: 14,000
Grade/Model Run: 33 of 38
Total Production: 206,200
Size: 16s
Jewels: 15j
Movement Configuration: Sweepsecond
Movement Finish: Flat
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Jitterbug
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • July 7, 2019:
    Serial Number 42470445 was reported as accurate
  • January 2, 2019:
    Serial Number 42474266 was reported as accurate
  • November 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 42467686 was reported as accurate
  • October 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 42469792 was reported as accurate
  • April 9, 2016:
    Serial Number 42468128 was reported as accurate
  • February 27, 2016:
    Serial Number 42472159 was reported as accurate
  • October 18, 2015:
    Serial Number 42472339 was reported as accurate
  • November 7, 2014:
    Serial Number 42472176 was reported as accurate
  • August 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 42468450 was reported as accurate
  • May 21, 2014:
    Serial Number 42467969 was reported as accurate
  • April 7, 2012:
    Serial Number 42465521 was reported as accurate