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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: 170

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 7258762
Grade: 170
Model: 5
Class: 10
Estimated Production Year: 1898
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 9 of 18
Total Production: 21,100
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Half-Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Moseley
Hairspring: Breguet
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078, 347272
Data Research: 1904 Elgin Serial List
1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • July 17, 2018:
    Serial Number 7258848 was reported as accurate
  • February 26, 2016:
    Serial Number 7258733 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • June 2, 2015:
    Serial Number 7258411 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • May 17, 2015:
    Serial Number 7258289 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • March 9, 2014:
    Serial Number 7258665 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • July 21, 2013:
    Serial Number 7258417 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • December 11, 2012:
    Serial Number 7258468 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • December 11, 2012:
    Serial Number 7258468 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • December 11, 2012:
    Serial Number 7258468 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • August 30, 2012:
    Serial Number 7258665 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
  • July 15, 2012:
    Serial Number 7258595 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Half-Nickel
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