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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.
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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: Bunn Special

Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 1856816
Grade: Bunn Special
Model: 6
Estimated Production Year: 1906
Run Quantity: 400
Total Production: 76,978
Size: 18s
Jewels: 21j
Jewel Material: Ruby
Jewel Setting: Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Finish Pattern: Bright Spotted
Movement Signing Style: Old English
Movement Inlay Color: Black
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Train: Fast
Regulator: Reed
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 6
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Adjusted to Isochronism: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
Dial Feet Locations: 2.0, 21.5, 38.5
Case Screw Locations: 23.5, 51.5
Movement Markings: Bunn Special
Springfield, Ill.
21 Ruby Jewels
Adjusted
Temperature, 6 Positions
Isochronism
Double Roller
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Verifications & Observations

1856601
Verification Serial Map
1857000
  • October 15, 2017:
    Serial Number 1856691 was reported as accurate
  • March 1, 2015:
    Serial Number 1856755 was reported as accurate
  • December 4, 2013:
    Serial Number 1856706 was reported as accurate
  • February 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 1856833 was reported as accurate
  • May 15, 2012:
    Serial Number 1856971 was reported as accurate
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