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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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We noticed that you entered a relatively short serial number. "8252" 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: 936

Manufacturer: Hamilton
Manufacturer Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Movement Serial Number: 8252
Grade: 936
Model: 1
To Finishing Dept: Nov 19, 1894
Run Quantity: 700
Total Production: 23,507
Size: 18s
Jewels: 17j
Jewel Setting: Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Regulator: Goldthwait
Hairspring: Breguet
Pallet Jewel Material: Sapphire
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
U.S. Patents: 832672, 427072
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Verifications & Observations

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  • April 14, 2018:
    Serial Number 8252 was reported as accurate
  • April 11, 2017:
    Serial Number 8252 was reported as accurate
  • October 8, 2016:
    Serial Number 8030 was reported as accurate
  • January 10, 2016:
    Serial Number 8010 was reported as accurate
  • November 21, 2015:
    Serial Number 8491 was reported as accurate
  • May 11, 2015:
    Serial Number 8452 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • May 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 8084 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Positions on early serial numbers not marked.
  • November 6, 2014:
    Serial Number 8198 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 3, 2014:
    Serial Number 8094 was reported as accurate
  • September 26, 2014:
    Serial Number 8257 was reported as accurate
  • August 24, 2014:
    Serial Number 8257 was reported as accurate
  • August 16, 2014:
    Serial Number 8257 was reported as accurate
  • June 11, 2014:
    Serial Number 8338 was reported as accurate
  • June 11, 2014:
    Serial Number 8338 was reported as accurate
  • June 3, 2014:
    Serial Number 8338 was reported as accurate
  • June 3, 2014:
    Serial Number 8338 was reported as accurate
  • March 16, 2014:
    Serial Number 8030 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • July 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 8054 was reported as accurate
  • April 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 8108 was reported as accurate
  • October 24, 2012:
    Serial Number 8491 was reported as accurate
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