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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.
  3. If the serial number includes a letter, enter it along with the number when using the lookup feature.
  4. 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.
  5. Always select the correct manufacturer, which is usually stamped on the watch movement.
  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: 940

Manufacturer: Hamilton
Manufacturer Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Movement Serial Number: 296859
Grade: 940
Model: 1
To Finishing Dept: Aug 12, 1903
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 210,596
Size: 18s
Jewels: 21j
Jewel Material: Ruby
Jewel Setting: Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Finish Pattern: Damaskeened
Movement Inlay Color: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Regulator: Goldthwait
Hairspring: Breguet
Standard Dial Type: Double-Sunk
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Adjusted to Isochronism: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
Dial Feet Locations: 2.6, 18.0, 38.2
U.S. Patents: 832672, 427072
Data Research: 1953 Hamilton Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

296001
Verification Serial Map
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  • May 6, 2019:
    Serial Number 296226 was reported as accurate
  • February 9, 2018:
    Serial Number 296155 was reported as accurate
  • October 11, 2017:
    Serial Number 296188 was reported as accurate
  • July 23, 2017:
    Serial Number 296573 was reported as accurate
  • January 19, 2017:
    Serial Number 296998 was reported as accurate
  • January 15, 2017:
    Serial Number 296269 was reported as accurate
  • December 19, 2016:
    Serial Number 296157 was reported as accurate
  • September 29, 2016:
    Serial Number 296814 was reported as accurate
  • April 19, 2016:
    Serial Number 296670 was reported as accurate
  • December 3, 2014:
    Serial Number 296195 was reported as accurate
  • July 16, 2014:
    Serial Number 296511 was reported as accurate
  • July 6, 2014:
    Serial Number 296511 was reported as accurate
  • March 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 0296354 was reported as accurate
  • February 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 296638 was reported as accurate
  • January 31, 2013:
    Serial Number 296955 was reported as accurate
  • January 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 296670 was reported as accurate
  • January 22, 2013:
    Serial Number 296955 was reported as accurate
  • December 17, 2012:
    Serial Number 296510 was reported as accurate
  • November 9, 2012:
    Serial Number 296841 was reported as accurate
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