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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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Grade: 113

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 5303396
Grade: 113
Model: 1
Class: 60
Estimated Production Year: 1894
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 71,000
Size: 0s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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  • May 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 5303442 was reported as accurate
  • November 2, 2013:
    Serial Number 5303974 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: My watch has a personal engraving with the date
    Nov. 29, 1892 so the watch is a little older than
    you estimate. I don't know how to set the hour
    and minute hands. Stem doesn't seem to be able to
    pull out.
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