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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).
  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
  3. Always select the correct manufacturer, which is usually stamped on the watch movement or dial.
  4. If the manufacturer is not listed on the site, you may have a "private label" watch or it may not be American-made.
  5. If the serial number includes a letter, enter it along with the number when using the lookup feature.
  6. 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.
  7. Consider uploading images of your watch by creating a collection account on the website. This is compeltely free and assists in promoting research in American horology.
  8. 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: 55

W.H. Ferry

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 52821
Grade: 55
Variation: W.H. Ferry
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1871
Run Quantity: 2,000
Grade/Model Run: 28 of 99
Total Production: 73,095
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Balance Type: Solid
Balance Material: Nickel
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
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Verifications & Observations

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53000
  • November 13, 2019:
    Serial Number 52353 was reported as accurate
  • April 9, 2018:
    Serial Number 52071 was reported as accurate
  • June 20, 2017:
    Serial Number 52821 was reported as accurate
  • January 26, 2017:
    Serial Number 51214 was reported as accurate
  • January 11, 2017:
    Serial Number 52338 was reported as accurate
  • November 23, 2016:
    Serial Number 52472 was reported as accurate
  • July 16, 2016:
    Serial Number 51780 was reported as accurate
  • March 12, 2016:
    Serial Number 52881 was reported as accurate
  • May 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 52881 was reported as accurate
  • January 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 52881 was reported as accurate
  • August 6, 2014:
    Serial Number 51864 was reported as accurate
  • August 5, 2014:
    Serial Number 51864 was reported as accurate
  • July 30, 2014:
    Serial Number 51595 was reported as accurate
  • July 10, 2014:
    Serial Number 51646 was reported as accurate
  • May 15, 2014:
    Serial Number 52881 was reported as accurate
  • May 7, 2014:
    Serial Number 51302 was reported as accurate
  • January 25, 2014:
    Serial Number 52260 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • October 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 52988 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • October 11, 2013:
    Serial Number 52197 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: W.H.Ferry 11j
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • October 10, 2013:
    Serial Number 51262 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • August 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 51769 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • July 11, 2013:
    Serial Number 51054 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: not the correct watch
    Curator Response: Not enough information for us to make a change.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • June 26, 2013:
    Serial Number 51137 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • June 15, 2013:
    Serial Number 52640 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • February 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 52189 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: The image does not look correct. The number of
    jewels is incorrect.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • November 16, 2012:
    Serial Number 52724 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • September 21, 2012:
    Serial Number 52058 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
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