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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: 212

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 8250768
Grade: 212
Model: 6
Class: 92
Estimated Production Year: 1900
Run Quantity: 9,000
Grade/Model Run: 2 of 34
Total Production: 66,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078, 596407
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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Verification Serial Map
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  • March 10, 2020:
    Serial Number 8254662 was reported as accurate
  • December 20, 2019:
    Serial Number 8250743 was reported as accurate
  • August 25, 2019:
    Serial Number 8253122 was reported as accurate
  • August 19, 2019:
    Serial Number 8253122 was reported as accurate
  • June 24, 2019:
    Serial Number 8249855 was reported as accurate
  • March 29, 2019:
    Serial Number 8253174 was reported as accurate
  • March 6, 2019:
    Serial Number 8249182 was reported as accurate
  • November 14, 2016:
    Serial Number 8253549 was reported as accurate
  • July 12, 2016:
    Serial Number 8249122 was reported as accurate
  • November 22, 2015:
    Serial Number 8257574 was reported as accurate
  • November 19, 2015:
    Serial Number 8256124 was reported as accurate
  • August 18, 2015:
    Serial Number 8257498 was reported as accurate
  • December 5, 2014:
    Serial Number 8253738 was reported as accurate
  • May 2, 2014:
    Serial Number 8251536 was reported as accurate
  • March 7, 2014:
    Serial Number 8250768 was reported as accurate
  • June 23, 2013:
    Serial Number 8256939 was reported as accurate
  • June 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 8249988 was reported as accurate
  • May 15, 2013:
    Serial Number 8250582 was reported as accurate
  • April 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 8251900 was reported as accurate
  • April 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 8254406 was reported as accurate
  • January 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 8251464 was reported as accurate
  • January 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 8253748 was reported as accurate
  • September 28, 2012:
    Serial Number 8249928 was reported as accurate
  • August 22, 2012:
    Serial Number 8249926 was reported as accurate
  • August 12, 2012:
    Serial Number 8249928 was reported as accurate
  • August 11, 2012:
    Serial Number 8249928 was reported as accurate
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