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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 "guts" of the watch).
  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
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  6. If the manufacturer is not listed on the site, you may have a "private label" watch or it may not be American-made.
  7. 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: 842156
Grade: 6
Model: 4
Class: 6
Estimated Production Year: 1881
Run Quantity: 30,000
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
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • January 28, 2019:
    Serial Number 826638 was reported as accurate
  • January 26, 2019:
    Serial Number 849801 was reported as accurate
  • January 5, 2019:
    Serial Number 829170 was reported as accurate
  • January 5, 2019:
    Serial Number 844867 was reported as accurate
  • December 25, 2018:
    Serial Number 837150 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • December 17, 2018:
    Serial Number 829170 was reported as accurate
  • December 5, 2018:
    Serial Number 829170 was reported as accurate
  • November 12, 2018:
    Serial Number 829170 was reported as accurate
  • October 19, 2018:
    Serial Number 843625 was reported as accurate
  • October 3, 2018:
    Serial Number 843625 was reported as accurate
  • September 28, 2018:
    Serial Number 835041 was reported as accurate
  • September 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 839110 was reported as accurate
  • August 19, 2018:
    Serial Number 844208 was reported as accurate
  • August 9, 2018:
    Serial Number 823723 was reported as accurate
  • August 9, 2018:
    Serial Number 823723 was reported as accurate
  • May 30, 2018:
    Serial Number 836822 was reported as accurate
  • April 18, 2018:
    Serial Number 847303 was reported as accurate
  • April 1, 2018:
    Serial Number 826351 was reported as accurate
  • March 11, 2018:
    Serial Number 825326 was reported as accurate
  • September 23, 2017:
    Serial Number 825328 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • August 24, 2017:
    Serial Number 821944 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • January 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 824365 was reported as accurate
  • November 9, 2016:
    Serial Number 841494 was reported as accurate
  • October 20, 2016:
    Serial Number 842445 was reported as accurate
  • September 14, 2016:
    Serial Number 821716 was reported as accurate
  • August 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 849568 was reported as accurate
  • December 3, 2015:
    Serial Number 828070 was reported as accurate
  • November 22, 2015:
    Serial Number 848601 was reported as accurate
  • October 18, 2015:
    Serial Number 828070 was reported as accurate
  • October 14, 2015:
    Serial Number 828070 was reported as accurate
  • October 1, 2015:
    Serial Number 830395 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • May 15, 2015:
    Serial Number 843682 was reported as accurate
  • March 15, 2015:
    Serial Number 837197 was reported as accurate
  • December 30, 2014:
    Serial Number 827206 was reported as accurate
  • June 9, 2014:
    Serial Number 830658 was reported as accurate
  • June 9, 2014:
    Serial Number 831936 was reported as accurate
  • June 4, 2014:
    Serial Number 836229 was reported as accurate
  • March 20, 2014:
    Serial Number 822416 was reported as accurate
  • January 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 835098 was reported as accurate
  • December 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 839694 was reported as accurate
  • December 5, 2013:
    Serial Number 823899 was reported as accurate
  • October 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 826900 was reported as accurate
  • October 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 844642 was reported as accurate
  • October 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 820839 was reported as accurate
  • July 19, 2013:
    Serial Number 828231 was reported as accurate
  • July 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 833760 was reported as accurate
  • July 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 833760 was reported as accurate
  • July 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 833760 was reported as accurate
  • June 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 838859 was reported as accurate
  • March 18, 2013:
    Serial Number 839487 was reported as accurate
  • February 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 845972 was reported as accurate
  • January 30, 2013:
    Serial Number 824492 was reported as accurate
  • January 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 821219 was reported as accurate
  • December 6, 2012:
    Serial Number 826047 was reported as accurate
  • November 27, 2012:
    Serial Number 829217 was reported as accurate
  • November 27, 2012:
    Serial Number 829217 was reported as accurate
  • October 28, 2012:
    Serial Number 821059 was reported as accurate
  • July 13, 2012:
    Serial Number 825068 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • June 14, 2012:
    Serial Number 833327 was reported as accurate
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