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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.
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  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: No. 81

(Alternatively Grade No. 820)

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 15827175
Grade: No. 81
Model: 1883
Estimated Production Year: 1907
Run Quantity: 3,000
Total Production: 368,799
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Regulator: Patent
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
Research Note: Waltham Serial Lists designate run as 18-Size, Model 1883, "Nos.81-820" with 15 jewels. #15827175 Verified as Grade No. 820.
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Verifications & Observations

15826001
Verification Serial Map
15829000
  • March 18, 2018:
    Serial Number 15827175 was reported as accurate
  • July 2, 2017:
    Serial Number 15826824 was reported as accurate
  • December 20, 2016:
    Serial Number 15827236 was reported as accurate
  • November 30, 2014:
    Serial Number 15828124 was reported as accurate
  • August 12, 2014:
    Serial Number 15826886 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • May 1, 2013:
    Serial Number 15828879 was reported as accurate
  • April 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 15828879 was reported as accurate
  • April 28, 2013:
    Serial Number 15828879 was reported as accurate
  • April 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 15828879 was reported as accurate
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