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: Sterling


Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 12946509
Grade: Sterling
Model: 1883
Estimated Production Year: 1903
Run Quantity: 11,000
Total Production: 758,072
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: Full Plate
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
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Verifications & Observations

Verification Serial Map
  • November 8, 2018:
    Serial Number 12950192 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement is a “SOL” with setting sun on
    movement and dial
  • November 5, 2018:
    Serial Number 12946509 was reported as accurate
  • September 4, 2018:
    Serial Number 12956646 was reported as accurate
  • November 11, 2017:
    Serial Number 12950682 was reported as accurate
  • February 24, 2016:
    Serial Number 12946780 was reported as accurate
  • July 4, 2015:
    Serial Number 12947090 was reported as accurate
  • May 13, 2015:
    Serial Number 12947869 was reported as accurate
  • April 21, 2015:
    Serial Number 12947477 was reported as accurate
  • December 6, 2014:
    Serial Number 12957006 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • January 27, 2014:
    Serial Number 12950880 was reported as accurate