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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: 574

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: U942231
Grade: 574
Model: 20
Estimated Production Year: 1947
Run Quantity: 2,000
Grade/Model Run: 8 of 8
Total Production: 49,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Ball
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 3
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Adjusted to Isochronism: Yes
Total Adjustments: 5
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • October 20, 2019:
    Serial Number U941356 was reported as accurate
  • November 12, 2018:
    Serial Number U942231 was reported as accurate
  • October 7, 2018:
    Serial Number U942231 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Watch is stamped 5 Adjustments. All other info
    seems to be correct
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. "5 Adjustments" does not equate to "5 Positions." 5 Adjustments: 3 Positions + 1 Isochronism + 1 Temperature
  • September 11, 2014:
    Serial Number U942579 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 5 to 3
  • July 4, 2014:
    Serial Number U942398 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 5 to 3
  • January 30, 2013:
    Serial Number U941625 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This is in a hunter case
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 5 to 3
  • July 23, 2012:
    Serial Number U942586 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted # Positions changed from 2 to 3
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