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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.
Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Illinois Grade 101 Pocket Watch

Grade: 101

Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 260657
Grade: 101
Model: 2
Estimated Production Year: 1882
Run Quantity: 800
Total Production: 38,400
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Coarse
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
Dial Feet Locations: 16.5, 36.5, 53.0
Case Screw Locations: 23.5, 51.5
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Verifications & Observations

260001
Verification Serial Map
260800
  • July 3, 2018:
    Serial Number 260311 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • July 12, 2017:
    Serial Number 260208 was reported as accurate
  • May 24, 2017:
    Serial Number 260657 was reported as accurate
  • June 4, 2016:
    Serial Number 260208 was reported as accurate
  • June 1, 2016:
    Serial Number 260208 was reported as accurate
  • June 12, 2015:
    Serial Number 260640 was reported as accurate
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Illinois Grade 101 Pocket Watch