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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: A. Lincoln

Private Label(s) in Run: Bankers - St. Louis, U.S.A

Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 2537173
Grade: A. Lincoln
Model: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1913
Run Quantity: 500
Total Production: 13,560
Size: 16s
Jewels: 21j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Two-Tone
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Barrel: Going
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
Dial Feet Locations: 24.5, 36.5, 55.5
Case Screw Locations: 3.5, 37.5
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Verifications & Observations

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2537500
  • August 15, 2019:
    Serial Number 2537353 was reported as accurate
  • January 9, 2019:
    Serial Number 2537087 was reported as accurate
  • September 4, 2016:
    Serial Number 2537173 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Instead of A. Lincoln on train bridge it says
    "BANKERS" "ST. LOUIS U.S.A.", On crown bridge,
    next to click, it says DOUBLE ROLLER. Plates are
    engraved and flashed with GOLD. (see pictures).
    all other specs are the same.
  • August 22, 2016:
    Serial Number 2537229 was reported as accurate
  • July 14, 2015:
    Serial Number 2537392 was reported as accurate
  • December 28, 2012:
    Serial Number 2537176 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: correct so far plus: movement finish is two tone.
    adjusted: yes, to 5 positions. Railroad grade: yes
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Unknown to Two-Tone
    Adjusted changed from Unknown to Yes
    Adjusted # Positions changed from Unknown to 5
    Railroad Grade changed from Unknown to Yes
    Double Roller changed from Unknown to Yes
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