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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.
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  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: 69

"B.W. Raymond" or "Elgin Nat'l. Watch Co."

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 865355
Grade: 69
Variation: Mixed
Model: 1
Class: 1
Estimated Production Year: 1881
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 23 of 24
Total Production: 29,154
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: 1896 Elgin Serial List
1904 Elgin Serial List
1915 Elgin Serial List
1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
Research Note: #865305: Verified as Marked "B.W. Raymond." [NAWCC]
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Verifications & Observations

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  • June 28, 2020:
    Serial Number 865647 was reported as accurate
  • February 15, 2019:
    Serial Number 865371 was reported as accurate
  • February 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 865606 was reported as accurate
  • February 2, 2018:
    Serial Number 865606 was reported as accurate
  • July 31, 2013:
    Serial Number 865270 was reported as accurate
  • April 2, 2013:
    Serial Number 865681 was reported as accurate
  • January 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 865119 was reported as accurate