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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 73 Pocket Watch
Elgin Grade 73 Pocket Watch

Grade: 73

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 5159047
Grade: 73
Model: 5
Class: 11
Estimated Production Year: 1894
Run Quantity: 7,000
Total Production: 659,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078, 347272
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
5160000
  • June 19, 2019:
    Serial Number 5156577 was reported as accurate
  • February 12, 2019:
    Serial Number 5156490 was reported as accurate
  • January 26, 2019:
    Serial Number 5156278 was reported as accurate
  • January 11, 2018:
    Serial Number 5156112 was reported as accurate
  • February 11, 2017:
    Serial Number 5156112 was reported as accurate
  • January 27, 2017:
    Serial Number 5158919 was reported as accurate
  • September 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 5154663 was reported as accurate
  • May 20, 2016:
    Serial Number 5155028 was reported as accurate
  • April 15, 2016:
    Serial Number 5155308 was reported as accurate
  • June 25, 2014:
    Serial Number 5153648 was reported as accurate
  • January 30, 2014:
    Serial Number 5157948 was reported as accurate
  • November 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 5158531 was reported as accurate
  • June 26, 2013:
    Serial Number 5156037 was reported as accurate
  • February 14, 2013:
    Serial Number 5158693 was reported as accurate
  • July 7, 2012:
    Serial Number 5158783 was reported as accurate
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Elgin Grade 73 Pocket Watch
Elgin Grade 73 Pocket Watch