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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: 55

W.H. Ferry

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 71171
Grade: 55
Variation: W.H. Ferry
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1871
Run Quantity: 2,000
Grade/Model Run: 33 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
Movement Markings: W.H. Ferry
Elgin, Ills.
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
73000
  • August 17, 2019:
    Serial Number 71087 was reported as accurate
  • July 30, 2019:
    Serial Number 71206 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • July 6, 2019:
    Serial Number 71427 was reported as accurate
  • June 1, 2019:
    Serial Number 72882 was reported as accurate
  • December 22, 2018:
    Serial Number 72636 was reported as accurate
  • October 20, 2018:
    Serial Number 72991 was reported as accurate
  • August 2, 2016:
    Serial Number 72460 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 11j
  • July 16, 2015:
    Serial Number 72276 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 11j
  • October 28, 2014:
    Serial Number 72579 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 11j
  • April 19, 2014:
    Serial Number 73000 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 11j
  • September 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 72124 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Jewels: 15j
    Marked W.H. Ferry
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • June 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 72318 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • April 18, 2013:
    Serial Number 71553 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Jewels: 15j
    Marked W.H. Ferry
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • December 15, 2012:
    Serial Number 71816 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
  • November 27, 2012:
    Serial Number 71236 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
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