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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.
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Due to the lack of existing factory records, our Hampden database has been reconstructed using observations of known watches.
As a result, the information may contain inaccuracies. Please let us know if you have details that can improve the database.

Grade: No. 57

Manufacturer: Hampden
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 280867
Grade: No. 57
Model: 3
Estimated Production Year: 1883
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Jewel Setting: Friction Settings
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Finish Pattern: Geometric Radial
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Dial Feet Locations: 21.7, 37, 59
Movement Markings: Hampden
Watch Co.
Springfield, Mass.
Patent Pinion
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Verifications & Observations

  • May 2, 2019:
    Serial Number 280867 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: From the best information I can gather, this is
    Grade 58, Model 3, 15j, 1884, nickel rather than
    gilt. It's a much finer watch than the quality
    rating you give it.
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report and images. With the burnished jewels, the total count is likely 11, classifying this particular watch as a Grade No. 57. The database has been updated accordingly.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from Unknown to No. 57
    Jewels changed from 7j to 11j
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Nickel
    Movement Setting changed from Lever or Pendant to Lever
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