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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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Grade: 6

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 620472
Grade: 6
Model: 4
Class: 6
Estimated Production Year: 1879
Run Quantity: 9,000
Grade/Model Run: 1 of 7
Total Production: 193,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
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Verifications & Observations

616001
Verification Serial Map
625000
  • February 18, 2020:
    Serial Number 622533 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 14, 2019:
    Serial Number 621532 was reported as accurate
  • September 18, 2019:
    Serial Number 618413 was reported as accurate
  • September 8, 2019:
    Serial Number 619089 was reported as accurate
  • June 14, 2019:
    Serial Number 616467 was reported as accurate
  • May 18, 2019:
    Serial Number 623498 was reported as accurate
  • March 22, 2019:
    Serial Number 618547 was reported as accurate
  • October 24, 2018:
    Serial Number 621428 was reported as accurate
  • September 16, 2018:
    Serial Number 620472 was reported as accurate
  • September 16, 2018:
    Serial Number 620412 was reported as accurate
  • September 16, 2018:
    Serial Number 620472 was reported as accurate
  • August 31, 2018:
    Serial Number 619089 was reported as accurate
  • August 28, 2018:
    Serial Number 620412 was reported as accurate
  • March 25, 2018:
    Serial Number 619346 was reported as accurate
  • May 11, 2017:
    Serial Number 619378 was reported as accurate
  • February 14, 2017:
    Serial Number 622296 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • March 8, 2016:
    Serial Number 621185 was reported as accurate
  • October 21, 2015:
    Serial Number 617263 was reported as accurate
  • December 17, 2014:
    Serial Number 617263 was reported as accurate
  • November 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 620957 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • October 4, 2014:
    Serial Number 617751 was reported as accurate
  • October 3, 2014:
    Serial Number 617751 was reported as accurate
  • October 3, 2014:
    Serial Number 617751 was reported as accurate
  • September 24, 2014:
    Serial Number 623274 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 27, 2014:
    Serial Number 623084 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 617805 was reported as accurate
  • August 25, 2013:
    Serial Number 620070 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • August 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 622493 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • June 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 617002 was reported as accurate
  • May 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 624331 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 8, 2013:
    Serial Number 623588 was reported as accurate
  • April 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 621713 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 621713 was reported as accurate
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