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 117 Pocket Watch
Elgin Grade 117 Pocket Watch

Grade: 117

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 5180072
Grade: 117
Model: 2
Class: 56
Estimated Production Year: 1894
Run Quantity: 7,000
Total Production: 345,000
Size: 6s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • October 5, 2017:
    Serial Number 5180223 was reported as accurate
  • August 13, 2015:
    Serial Number 5180651 was reported as accurate
  • October 23, 2014:
    Serial Number 5183166 was reported as accurate
  • January 11, 2014:
    Serial Number 5181925 was reported as accurate
  • July 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 5186998 was reported as accurate
  • March 14, 2013:
    Serial Number 5180248 was reported as accurate
  • December 12, 2012:
    Serial Number 5180113 was reported as accurate
Elgin Grade 117 Pocket Watch
Elgin Grade 117 Pocket Watch