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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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Elgin Grade 73 Pocket Watch
Elgin Grade 73 Pocket Watch

Grade: 73

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 5921425
Grade: 73
Model: 5
Class: 11
Estimated Production Year: 1895
Run Quantity: 12,000
Grade/Model Run: 78 of 117
Total Production: 659,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078, 347272
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
5931000
  • October 6, 2019:
    Serial Number 5924266 was reported as accurate
  • May 19, 2019:
    Serial Number 5926104 was reported as accurate
  • February 6, 2019:
    Serial Number 5929594 was reported as accurate
  • January 29, 2019:
    Serial Number 5928153 was reported as accurate
  • October 15, 2018:
    Serial Number 5924391 was reported as accurate
  • August 27, 2018:
    Serial Number 5921088 was reported as accurate
  • June 30, 2018:
    Serial Number 5927391 was reported as accurate
  • November 25, 2017:
    Serial Number 5920066 was reported as accurate
  • January 30, 2017:
    Serial Number 5929097 was reported as accurate
  • January 21, 2017:
    Serial Number 5929097 was reported as accurate
  • October 30, 2016:
    Serial Number 5926906 was reported as accurate
  • August 16, 2016:
    Serial Number 5921204 was reported as accurate
  • May 26, 2016:
    Serial Number 5925082 was reported as accurate
  • March 24, 2016:
    Serial Number 5927149 was reported as accurate
  • March 5, 2016:
    Serial Number 5929705 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 23, 2015:
    Serial Number 5923802 was reported as accurate
  • September 16, 2015:
    Serial Number 5927349 was reported as accurate
  • August 31, 2015:
    Serial Number 5921617 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Watch is a hunting, rather than openface
  • August 16, 2015:
    Serial Number 5923152 was reported as accurate
  • July 23, 2015:
    Serial Number 5919455 was reported as accurate
  • June 27, 2015:
    Serial Number 5921425 was reported as accurate
  • March 4, 2015:
    Serial Number 5922562 was reported as accurate
  • January 19, 2015:
    Serial Number 5923550 was reported as accurate
  • October 29, 2013:
    Serial Number 5923967 was reported as accurate
  • May 31, 2013:
    Serial Number 5926944 was reported as accurate
  • May 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 5921179 was reported as accurate
  • November 16, 2012:
    Serial Number 5921671 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
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Elgin Grade 73 Pocket Watch
Elgin Grade 73 Pocket Watch