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

Mixed Run: Variety of Jewel Counts Reported/Observed

Manufacturer: Rockford
Manufacturer Location: Rockford, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 196930
Grade: Unknown
Model: 6
Estimated Production Year: 1883
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j    Mixed Run
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Data Research: 1907 Rockford Serial List
Research Note: #196423: Features 11 or 15 Screw-Set Jewels [JH]. #196915 and #196950: Marked "15 R." [JH]. #196969: Verified as Marked "15 R" and "Adjusted" [eBay #223644862670]
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Verifications & Observations

196401
Verification Serial Map
197000
  • August 30, 2019:
    Serial Number 196969 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 15 ruby jewels, model 6, with gold jewel settings
    Curator Response: Verified. [eBay #223644862670]
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 15j
  • March 17, 2017:
    Serial Number 196989 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 15J
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 15j
  • May 19, 2016:
    Serial Number 196781 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 13j to 15j
  • February 9, 2016:
    Serial Number 196673 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: she has 13 jewels!
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from ? to 15j
  • May 15, 2015:
    Serial Number 196673 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from ? to 15j
  • September 17, 2014:
    Serial Number 196688 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from ? to 15j
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Gilt or Nickel
  • September 17, 2014:
    Serial Number 196873 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from ? to 15j
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Gilt or Nickel
  • September 15, 2014:
    Serial Number 196873 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from ? to 15j
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Gilt or Nickel
  • July 14, 2014:
    Serial Number 196974 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from ? to 15j
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Gilt or Nickel
  • March 1, 2014:
    Serial Number 196708 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from ? to 15j
    Movement Finish changed from Nickel to Gilt or Nickel
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