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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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Grade: 217

Manufacturer: South Bend
Manufacturer Location: South Bend, Indiana
Movement Serial Number: 589388
Grade: 217
Model: 2
Estimated Production Year: 1909
Run Quantity: 1,000
Grade/Model Run: 2 of 19
Total Production: 19,000
Size: 16s
Jewels: 17j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Bridge Plate
Double Roller: Yes
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 3
Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
Adjusted to Isochronism: Yes
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Verifications & Observations

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  • November 24, 2019:
    Serial Number 589388 was reported as accurate
  • April 4, 2018:
    Serial Number 589619 was reported as accurate
  • March 21, 2018:
    Serial Number 589903 was reported as accurate
  • February 22, 2018:
    Serial Number 589898 was reported as accurate
  • June 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 589490 was reported as accurate
  • March 1, 2014:
    Serial Number 589310 was reported as accurate
  • August 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 589029 was reported as accurate
  • July 18, 2013:
    Serial Number 589437 was reported as accurate
  • March 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 589361 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 16, 2012:
    Serial Number 589310 was reported as accurate