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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Grade: 281

Manufacturer: South Bend
Manufacturer Location: South Bend, Indiana
Movement Serial Number: 431806
Grade: 281
Model: 1
Estimated Production Year: 1906
Run Quantity: 500
Grade/Model Run: 4 of 14
Total Production: 12,400
Size: 16s
Jewels: 15j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
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Verifications & Observations

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  • July 12, 2017:
    Serial Number 431725 was reported as accurate
  • October 18, 2016:
    Serial Number 432056 was reported as accurate
  • November 3, 2014:
    Serial Number 431662 was reported as accurate
  • October 26, 2014:
    Serial Number 431662 was reported as accurate
  • August 7, 2014:
    Serial Number 431806 was reported as accurate
  • October 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 431943 was reported as accurate
  • July 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 431954 was reported as accurate
  • May 26, 2013:
    Serial Number 431806 was reported as accurate
  • December 16, 2012:
    Serial Number 431704 was reported as accurate