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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).
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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 590

B.W. Raymond

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 43396597
Grade: 590
Model: 15
Estimated Production Year: 1946
Run Quantity: 3,000
Grade/Model Run: 3 of 3
Total Production: 8,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 21j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Ball
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Railroad Grade: Yes
U.S. Patents: 77078, 596407
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

43394001
Verification Serial Map
43397000
  • March 21, 2020:
    Serial Number 43394134 was reported as accurate
  • March 18, 2020:
    Serial Number 43395793 was reported as accurate
  • February 10, 2020:
    Serial Number 43394987 was reported as accurate
  • February 5, 2020:
    Serial Number 43395975 was reported as accurate
  • January 30, 2020:
    Serial Number 43394187 was reported as accurate
  • January 24, 2020:
    Serial Number 43396628 was reported as accurate
  • January 14, 2020:
    Serial Number 43394134 was reported as accurate
  • November 11, 2019:
    Serial Number 43394155 was reported as accurate
  • November 1, 2019:
    Serial Number 43395708 was reported as accurate
  • September 2, 2018:
    Serial Number 43395968 was reported as accurate
  • August 7, 2018:
    Serial Number 43394112 was reported as accurate
  • February 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 43395829 was reported as accurate
  • September 10, 2016:
    Serial Number 43394565 was reported as accurate
  • February 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 43395625 was reported as accurate
  • November 24, 2015:
    Serial Number 43394624 was reported as accurate
  • September 5, 2014:
    Serial Number 43396450 was reported as accurate
  • September 5, 2014:
    Serial Number 43396450 was reported as accurate
  • May 17, 2014:
    Serial Number 43394893 was reported as accurate
  • November 13, 2013:
    Serial Number 43395705 was reported as accurate
  • October 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 43394622 was reported as accurate
  • October 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 43396303 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: serial number appears on diagram where train
    bridge appears also B. W. Raymond just below
    serial #. Also where barrel bridge appears on
    diagram this watch says 21 Jewels and the number
    590. Then the word "Temperature" appears at the
    bottom of your diagram
    Curator Response: The diagram is simply for reference. A real-world example would likely contain information about the movement, as you mentioned.
  • August 29, 2013:
    Serial Number 43396686 was reported as accurate
  • May 31, 2013:
    Serial Number 43395371 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • August 10, 2012:
    Serial Number 43394467 was reported as accurate
  • May 30, 2012:
    Serial Number 43394611 was reported as accurate
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