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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:

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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 55

Mat. Laflin

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 97134
Grade: 55
Variation: Mat. Laflin
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1871
Run Quantity: 3,500
Grade/Model Run: 38 of 99
Total Production: 73,095
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Balance Type: Expansion
Train: Slow
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
U.S. Patents: 77078
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Verifications & Observations

95001
Verification Serial Map
98500
  • July 25, 2019:
    Serial Number 95786 was reported as accurate
  • May 14, 2019:
    Serial Number 98456 was reported as accurate
  • January 8, 2019:
    Serial Number 95495 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 17, 2018:
    Serial Number 98456 was reported as accurate
  • October 31, 2018:
    Serial Number 97785 was reported as accurate
  • September 7, 2018:
    Serial Number 96631 was reported as accurate
  • July 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 97457 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • June 11, 2018:
    Serial Number 97880 was reported as accurate
  • March 10, 2018:
    Serial Number 98111 was reported as accurate
  • February 8, 2018:
    Serial Number 95103 was reported as accurate
  • December 25, 2017:
    Serial Number 96933 was reported as accurate
  • September 18, 2017:
    Serial Number 95150 was reported as accurate
  • August 2, 2017:
    Serial Number 96013 was reported as accurate
  • April 2, 2017:
    Serial Number 97398 was reported as accurate
  • December 1, 2016:
    Serial Number 98333 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Watch is 17 jewel
    Curator Response: Thanks for submitting this information. Please upload a photo to your collection so we can take a closer look.
  • September 13, 2016:
    Serial Number 97134 was reported as accurate
  • September 5, 2016:
    Serial Number 95861 was reported as accurate
  • June 28, 2016:
    Serial Number 97015 was reported as accurate
  • December 10, 2015:
    Serial Number 97766 was reported as accurate
  • October 18, 2015:
    Serial Number 97134 was reported as accurate
  • September 15, 2015:
    Serial Number 95463 was reported as accurate
  • April 11, 2015:
    Serial Number 97845 was reported as accurate
  • February 21, 2015:
    Serial Number 97766 was reported as accurate
  • November 27, 2014:
    Serial Number 97153 was reported as accurate
  • November 27, 2014:
    Serial Number 97153 was reported as accurate
  • November 27, 2014:
    Serial Number 97153 was reported as accurate
  • November 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 95236 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • July 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 96147 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 15 jewel
  • June 25, 2013:
    Serial Number 97300 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Labeled Mat Laflin on movement
  • May 25, 2013:
    Serial Number 97688 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • March 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 96512 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Mine is in an open-face case. Key wound, so it is
    sort of subjective regardless.
  • March 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 95197 was reported as accurate
  • March 10, 2013:
    Serial Number 98333 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • March 5, 2013:
    Serial Number 95114 was reported as accurate
  • December 22, 2012:
    Serial Number 98113 was reported as accurate
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