Loading…
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
  Serial Number:
Need to replace a watch crystal? Use our new crystal size guide to find the proper fit.

Waltham Grade No. 81 Research

Waltham Grade No. 81 Advertisement from 1896
Grade No. 81 Not Pictured

A.C. Becken Catalog

Publication Year: 1896

Grade:No. 81
Manufacturer:Waltham
Size:18s
Model:1883
Finish:Gilt
Jewels:15j
Jewel Count Marked:No
Jewel Setting:Screw-set
Jewel Description:15 Jewels (settings)
Balance:Compensation
Markings:American Waltham
Watch Co.
Safety Pinion
Movement Font Style:Casual Script
Description:15 jewels (settings), compensation balance.
No. 81. Gilt. $11.00
Price:$11.00
Waltham Grade No. 81 Advertisement from 1910

Catalog

Publication Date: c. 1910

Grade:No. 81
Manufacturer:Waltham
Size:18s
Model:1883
Finish:Gilt
Jewels:15j
Jewel Count Marked:Yes
Jewel Description:15 Jewels, Settings
Adjusted:No
Hairspring:Breguet
Balance:Expansion
Markings:American Waltham
Watch Co.
15 Jewels
Safety Pinion
Movement Font Style:Casual Script
Description:18-size, gilded, 15 jewels, settings, exposed pallets, cur expansion balance, patent Breguet hairspring hardened and tempered in form.
No. 81. Htg., lever set; O.F., pendant set.
Price:$13.34
Waltham Grade No. 81 Advertisement from 1914

Moore & Evans Catalog

Publication Date: c. 1914

Page: 25

Grade:No. 81
Manufacturer:Waltham
Size:18s
Model:1883
Configuration:Openface or Hunting
Finish:Gilt
Finish Description:Gilt
Jewels:15j
Jewel Count Marked:Yes
Jewel Setting:Screw-set
Jewel Description:15 Jewels, Settings
Hairspring:Breguet
Balance:Expansion
Markings:American Waltham
Watch Co.
15 Jewels
Safety Pinion
Movement Font Style:Casual Script
Description:American Waltham Watch Co.
No. 81 (Htg. and O.F.) $13.32
18 Size, Gilt, 15 Jewels, Settings, Exposed Pallets, Cut Expansion Balance, Patent Breguet Hairspring, Hardened and Tempered in Form.
Price:$13.32
Waltham Grade No. 81 Advertisement from 1915

Dearborn Watch & Clock Co. Catalog

Publication Date: c. 1915

Page: 84

Grade:No. 81
Manufacturer:Waltham
Size:18s
Model:1883
Finish:Gilt
Jewels:15j
Jewel Count Marked:Yes
Jewel Setting:Screw-set
Jewel Description:15 Jewels In Settings
Hairspring:Breguet
Balance:Expansion
Markings:American Waltham
Watch Co.
15 Jewels
Safety Pinion
Movement Font Style:Casual Script
Description:18 Size Waltham No. 81 - 15 Jewel Gilded Movement
15 jewels in settings, cut expansion balance, meantime screws, patent Breguet hairspring, hardened and tempered in form, exposed pallets.
No. 1596 Hunting style, lever set. $13.35
No. 1597 Open Face style, pendant set. $13.35
Price:$13.35
Waltham Grade No. 81 Advertisement from 1916

A.C. Becken Illustrated Catalogue and Price List

Publication Year: 1916

Grade:No. 81
Manufacturer:Waltham
Size:18s
Model:1883
Configuration:Openface or Hunting
Finish:Gilt
Finish Description:Gilded Settings (Screw-Set)
Jewels:15j
Jewel Count Marked:Yes
Hairspring:Breguet
Markings:American Waltham
Watch Co.
15 Jewels
Safety Pinion
Movement Font Style:Casual Script
Description:No. 81. Gilded
15 Jewels, Hunting, Lever Setting. $9.00
15 Jewels, Open Face, Pendant Setting. $9.00
Price:$9.00