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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: 976

Manufacturer: Hamilton
Manufacturer Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Movement Serial Number: 52902
Grade: 976
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1897
Run Quantity: 200
Total Production: 4,460
Size: 16s
Jewels: 16j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Dial Feet Locations: 7.6, 21.8, 38.0, 50.5
Hamilton 16s Dial Feet Research
Data Research: 1953 Hamilton Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

52801
Verification Serial Map
53000
  • March 5, 2018:
    Serial Number 52902 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from Yes to No
  • November 7, 2014:
    Serial Number 52902 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Adjusted changed from Yes to No
  • January 15, 2013:
    Serial Number 52867 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 16j
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
  • October 27, 2012:
    Serial Number 52891 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 16 jewel
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 17j to 16j
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4
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