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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 "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: Wm. Ellery

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 1296215
Grade: Wm. Ellery
Model: 1877
Estimated Production Date: January 1880 - May 1880
Run Quantity: 1,150
Total Production: 259,486
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Jewel Setting: Friction Settings
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
Data Research: c.1900 Waltham Factory Ledgers
1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • November 26, 2019:
    Serial Number 1296954 was reported as accurate
  • September 15, 2018:
    Serial Number 1296973 was reported as accurate
  • September 12, 2017:
    Serial Number 1296032 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Setting is lever set
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Gilt
    Movement Setting changed from ? to Lever
  • May 26, 2016:
    Serial Number 1295911 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Gilt
    Movement Setting changed from ? to Lever
  • November 7, 2015:
    Serial Number 1296410 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Gilt
    Movement Setting changed from ? to Lever
  • April 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 1296973 was reported as accurate
  • April 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 1296973 was reported as accurate
  • April 7, 2013:
    Serial Number 1296973 was reported as accurate
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