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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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Elgin Grade 81 Pocket Watch

Grade: 81

Elgin Nat'l. Watch Co.

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 921627
Grade: 81
Variation: Elgin Nat'l. Watch Co.
Model: 1
Class: 4
Estimated Production Year: 1882
Run Quantity: 5,000
Grade/Model Run: 5 of 13
Total Production: 53,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 13j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
925000
  • April 25, 2020:
    Serial Number 924196 was reported as accurate
  • April 23, 2020:
    Serial Number 922902 was reported as accurate
  • April 22, 2020:
    Serial Number 922902 was reported as accurate
  • February 13, 2020:
    Serial Number 923466 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • February 10, 2020:
    Serial Number 924650 was reported as accurate
  • February 9, 2020:
    Serial Number 924850 was reported as accurate
  • January 9, 2020:
    Serial Number 920481 was reported as accurate
  • December 23, 2019:
    Serial Number 923608 was reported as accurate
  • April 16, 2019:
    Serial Number 921384 was reported as accurate
  • April 16, 2019:
    Serial Number 921354 was reported as accurate
  • March 24, 2019:
    Serial Number 923776 was reported as accurate
  • December 31, 2018:
    Serial Number 922426 was reported as accurate
  • December 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 923608 was reported as accurate
  • August 31, 2018:
    Serial Number 923608 was reported as accurate
  • May 8, 2018:
    Serial Number 921339 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 17, 2018:
    Serial Number 923268 was reported as accurate
  • April 14, 2018:
    Serial Number 924109 was reported as accurate
  • October 12, 2017:
    Serial Number 920467 was reported as accurate
  • July 16, 2017:
    Serial Number 924799 was reported as accurate
  • May 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 923383 was reported as accurate
  • April 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 923596 was reported as accurate
  • March 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 924297 was reported as accurate
  • August 1, 2015:
    Serial Number 921134 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • July 25, 2015:
    Serial Number 924850 was reported as accurate
  • January 29, 2015:
    Serial Number 922306 was reported as accurate
  • August 20, 2014:
    Serial Number 920129 was reported as accurate
  • August 3, 2014:
    Serial Number 920129 was reported as accurate
  • July 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 924850 was reported as accurate
  • March 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 921616 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement is Elgin Nat'l Watch co. Not G.M.
    Wheeler. Open face.
  • October 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 921194 was reported as accurate
  • October 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 921194 was reported as accurate
  • October 11, 2013:
    Serial Number 920407 was reported as accurate
  • March 25, 2013:
    Serial Number 923320 was reported as accurate
  • February 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 922848 was reported as accurate
  • December 29, 2012:
    Serial Number 922917 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 922917 is unnamed, but Wheeler grade material.
  • September 18, 2012:
    Serial Number 923643 was reported as accurate
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Elgin Grade 81 Pocket Watch