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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.
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  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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We noticed that you entered a relatively short serial number. "5832" could possibly indicate the grade of the watch and not the serial number of your movement. Serial numbers are usually more than a few digits.

Grade: 930

Manufacturer: Hamilton
Manufacturer Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Movement Serial Number: 5832
Grade: 930
Model: 1
Class: 3
To Finishing Dept: Jan 25, 1895
Run Quantity: 400
Total Production: 4,200
Size: 18s
Jewels: 16j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Regulator: Goldthwait
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Dial Feet Locations: 2.6, 18.0, 38.2
Data Research: 1953 Hamilton Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • January 15, 2020:
    Serial Number 5784 was reported as accurate
  • December 17, 2019:
    Serial Number 5653 was reported as accurate
  • September 12, 2019:
    Serial Number 5907 was reported as accurate
  • June 22, 2019:
    Serial Number 5907 was reported as accurate
  • March 28, 2019:
    Serial Number 5636 was reported as accurate
  • March 20, 2019:
    Serial Number 5653 was reported as accurate
  • March 16, 2019:
    Serial Number 5653 was reported as accurate
  • January 19, 2019:
    Serial Number 5653 was reported as accurate
  • April 21, 2018:
    Serial Number 5904 was reported as accurate
  • October 13, 2017:
    Serial Number 5832 was reported as accurate
  • April 5, 2017:
    Serial Number 5903 was reported as accurate
  • August 14, 2016:
    Serial Number 5839 was reported as accurate