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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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Elgin Grade 59 Pocket Watch

Grade: 59

Leader (1876-1878), T.M. Avery

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 431430
Grade: 59
Model: 1
Class: 15
Estimated Production Year: 1876
Run Quantity: 5,000
Grade/Model Run: 6 of 10
Total Production: 45,000
Size: 17s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
435000
  • June 11, 2019:
    Serial Number 431287 was reported as accurate
  • December 3, 2018:
    Serial Number 431235 was reported as accurate
  • November 4, 2018:
    Serial Number 434628 was reported as accurate
  • August 7, 2018:
    Serial Number 432356 was reported as accurate
  • July 19, 2017:
    Serial Number 433081 was reported as accurate
  • December 3, 2016:
    Serial Number 431681 was reported as accurate
  • December 3, 2016:
    Serial Number 431984 was reported as accurate
  • April 8, 2016:
    Serial Number 431710 was reported as accurate
  • August 11, 2015:
    Serial Number 432678 was reported as accurate
  • March 28, 2015:
    Serial Number 432888 was reported as accurate
  • January 25, 2015:
    Serial Number 434607 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • August 16, 2014:
    Serial Number 433762 was reported as accurate
  • May 14, 2014:
    Serial Number 433853 was reported as accurate
  • April 6, 2014:
    Serial Number 430700 was reported as accurate
  • September 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 433225 was reported as accurate
  • September 1, 2012:
    Serial Number 431383 was reported as accurate
  • August 16, 2012:
    Serial Number 433330 was reported as accurate
  • June 29, 2012:
    Serial Number 431374 was reported as accurate
  • June 24, 2012:
    Serial Number 431272 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 12, 2012:
    Serial Number 432040 was reported as accurate
  • April 12, 2012:
    Serial Number 432040 was reported as accurate
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Elgin Grade 59 Pocket Watch