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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.
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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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Grade: 115

Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 1048501
Grade: 115
Model: 2
Estimated Production Year: 1890
Run Quantity: 200
Total Production: 600
Size: 16s
Jewels: 15j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Signing Style: Gothic Blackletter
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Regulator: Reed
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 3
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
Dial Feet Locations: 8.5, 24.5, 45.0
Case Screw Locations: 7.5, 34.0
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Verifications & Observations

1048501
Verification Serial Map
1048700
  • July 9, 2018:
    Serial Number 1048514 was reported as accurate
  • February 7, 2018:
    Serial Number 1048511 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • September 30, 2016:
    Serial Number 1048696 was reported as accurate
  • September 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 1048501 was reported as accurate
  • September 16, 2016:
    Serial Number 1048696 was reported as accurate
  • September 9, 2016:
    Serial Number 1048510 was reported as accurate
  • September 4, 2016:
    Serial Number 1048501 was reported as accurate
  • June 5, 2016:
    Serial Number 1048696 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: SR 1048696
    Plates are GILT (not Nickel)
    Main plate says ADJUSTED
    Train Plate says SAFETY PINION
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Gilt
    Movement Setting changed from Lever to Pendant
  • January 9, 2016:
    Serial Number 1048542 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Gilt
    Movement Setting changed from Lever to Pendant
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