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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: 55

W.H. Ferry

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 55852
Grade: 55
Variation: W.H. Ferry
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1871
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 30 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

55001
Verification Serial Map
56000
  • August 9, 2018:
    Serial Number 55957 was reported as accurate
  • December 4, 2014:
    Serial Number 55948 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: W.H. Ferry, 11-15jewels.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • January 4, 2014:
    Serial Number 55224 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • September 19, 2013:
    Serial Number 55343 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Also, marked W.H. Ferry
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • September 19, 2013:
    Serial Number 55343 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Jewels: 15j
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • March 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 55799 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 11j movement
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • February 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 55934 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Higher number of jewels , open face not hunting
    case
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • December 8, 2012:
    Serial Number 055631 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
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