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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 "guts" of the watch).
  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
  3. If the serial number includes a letter, enter it along with the number when using the lookup feature.
  4. 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.
  5. Always select the correct manufacturer, which is usually stamped on the watch movement.
  6. If the manufacturer is not listed on the site, you may have a "private label" watch or it may not be American-made.
  7. 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: Broadway

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 1287529
Grade: Broadway
Model: 1877
Estimated Production Date: December 1879 - March 1880
Run Quantity: 2,000
Total Production: 277,850
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Balance Type: Solid
Balance Material: Nickel
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
c.1900 Waltham Factory Ledgers
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Verifications & Observations

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  • April 30, 2014:
    Serial Number 1287785 was reported as accurate
  • January 2, 2014:
    Serial Number 1287170 was reported as accurate
  • December 22, 2013:
    Serial Number 1287170 was reported as accurate
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