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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 153 Pocket Watch

Grade: 153

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 6599705
Grade: 153
Model: 6
Class: 34
Estimated Production Year: 1897
Run Quantity: 2,000
Grade/Model Run: 3 of 14
Total Production: 14,100
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Moseley
Hairspring: Breguet
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078, 596407
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Verifications & Observations

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  • March 17, 2019:
    Serial Number 6599062 was reported as accurate
  • February 15, 2019:
    Serial Number 6599062 was reported as accurate
  • February 15, 2019:
    Serial Number 6599062 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • October 22, 2018:
    Serial Number 6599062 was reported as accurate
  • July 29, 2017:
    Serial Number 6598585 was reported as accurate
  • March 5, 2017:
    Serial Number 6598812 was reported as accurate
  • July 12, 2014:
    Serial Number 6599677 was reported as accurate
  • March 1, 2014:
    Serial Number 6598945 was reported as accurate
  • December 21, 2012:
    Serial Number 6599635 was reported as accurate
  • May 21, 2012:
    Serial Number 6599305 was reported as accurate
Elgin Grade 153 Pocket Watch