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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:

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  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
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  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: 143

G.M. Wheeler

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 6103567
Grade: 143
Variation: G.M. Wheeler
Model: 3
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1896
Run Quantity: 2,000
Grade/Model Run: 2 of 4
Total Production: 7,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 17j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Moseley
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
1904 Elgin Serial List
1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

6102001
Verification Serial Map
6104000
  • May 9, 2019:
    Serial Number 6102099 was reported as accurate
  • October 27, 2018:
    Serial Number 6102402 was reported as accurate
  • September 29, 2017:
    Serial Number 6103915 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j or 17j to 17j
  • February 20, 2015:
    Serial Number 6103850 was reported as accurate
  • December 20, 2014:
    Serial Number 6103884 was reported as accurate
  • December 13, 2014:
    Serial Number 6102939 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: The serial number 6102939 has a 17 jewel
    movement,not 15 jewel.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 17j
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • July 3, 2014:
    Serial Number 6102133 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 17j
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • December 25, 2013:
    Serial Number 6103506 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Hi my watch movement, serial no. 6103506 is marked
    'adjusted' while on your page it said the movement
    is unadjusted, but I realise that some movements
    are adjusted and some are not.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 17j
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • October 6, 2012:
    Serial Number 6102555 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 17 Jewels
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 17j
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
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