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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 274 Pocket Watch

Grade: 274

Manufacturer: Illinois
Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 4419997
Grade: 274
Model: 1
Estimated Production Year: 1923
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 68,320
Size: 12s
Jewels: 21j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 3
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
Dial Feet Locations: 20.5, 39.0, 55.0
Case Screw Locations: 2.5, 35.5
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Verifications & Observations

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  • February 18, 2020:
    Serial Number 4419652 was reported as accurate
  • February 10, 2019:
    Serial Number 4419623 was reported as accurate
  • December 18, 2017:
    Serial Number 4419284 was reported as accurate
  • December 10, 2015:
    Serial Number 4419218 was reported as accurate
  • September 24, 2015:
    Serial Number 4419315 was reported as accurate
  • August 8, 2014:
    Serial Number 4419997 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • October 14, 2013:
    Serial Number 4419997 was reported as accurate
  • May 21, 2012:
    Serial Number 4419997 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: I previously reported this serial number had a
    rayed pattern, but it is actually a sunburst
  • May 21, 2012:
    Serial Number 4419997 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: The movement has an unusual ray pattern
    damaskeening, and is marked "Federal".
Illinois Grade 274 Pocket Watch