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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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Grade: 82

G.M. Wheeler

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 5270363
Grade: 82
Variation: G.M. Wheeler
Model: 3
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1894
Run Quantity: 3,000
Grade/Model Run: 56 of 65
Total Production: 155,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 13j or 15j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Moseley
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078
Movement Markings: G.M. Wheeler
Elgin, Ill.
Safety Pinion
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
5273000
  • August 23, 2018:
    Serial Number 5271743 was reported as accurate
  • June 24, 2018:
    Serial Number 5270405 was reported as accurate
  • May 26, 2018:
    Serial Number 5272721 was reported as accurate
  • March 27, 2016:
    Serial Number 5272591 was reported as accurate
  • March 25, 2015:
    Serial Number 5272198 was reported as accurate
  • February 15, 2015:
    Serial Number 5270363 was reported as accurate
  • February 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 5270363 was reported as accurate
  • October 25, 2014:
    Serial Number 5272635 was reported as accurate
  • July 25, 2013:
    Serial Number 5270983 was reported as accurate
  • December 10, 2012:
    Serial Number 5271878 was reported as accurate
  • October 1, 2012:
    Serial Number 5272696 was reported as accurate
  • July 14, 2012:
    Serial Number 5270218 was reported as accurate
  • July 14, 2012:
    Serial Number 5270218 was reported as accurate
  • May 18, 2012:
    Serial Number 5271332 was reported as accurate
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