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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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We noticed that you entered a relatively short serial number. "5575" could possibly indicate the grade of the watch and not the serial number of your movement. Serial numbers are usually more than a few digits.

Grade: 55

J.T. Ryerson

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 5575
Grade: 55
Variation: J.T. Ryerson
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1867
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 73,095
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
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
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078
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  • July 30, 2019:
    Serial Number 5825 was reported as accurate
  • May 11, 2019:
    Serial Number 5987 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • August 10, 2018:
    Serial Number 5695 was reported as accurate
  • November 22, 2017:
    Serial Number 5915 was reported as accurate
  • September 27, 2017:
    Serial Number 5377 was reported as accurate
  • July 9, 2017:
    Serial Number 5520 was reported as accurate
  • October 13, 2015:
    Serial Number 5020 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 5778 was reported as accurate
  • April 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 5114 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • January 27, 2014:
    Serial Number 5579 was reported as accurate
  • November 29, 2013:
    Serial Number 5560 was reported as accurate
  • October 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 5972 was reported as accurate
  • July 15, 2013:
    Serial Number 5866 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • May 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 5625 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 5575 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: It's OK, a grade 55, just note it's a Ryerson.
  • April 11, 2013:
    Serial Number 5053 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • February 19, 2013:
    Serial Number 5396 was reported as accurate
  • November 18, 2012:
    Serial Number 5216 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
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