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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.
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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: P.S. Bartlett

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 1981146
Grade: P.S. Bartlett
Model: 1879
Estimated Production Date: March 1882 - February 28, 1884
Run Quantity: 1,500
Total Production: 23,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Train: Slow
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
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Verifications & Observations

1981001
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  • June 22, 2020:
    Serial Number 1981146 was reported as accurate
  • October 17, 2019:
    Serial Number 1981904 was reported as accurate
  • May 5, 2019:
    Serial Number 1981784 was reported as accurate
  • February 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 1981280 was reported as accurate
  • March 3, 2016:
    Serial Number 1981795 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: set=lever, PSB grade, gilt
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Gilt
    Movement Setting changed from ? to Lever
  • November 15, 2014:
    Serial Number 1981804 was reported as accurate
  • November 15, 2014:
    Serial Number 1981804 was reported as accurate
  • November 13, 2014:
    Serial Number 1981804 was reported as accurate
  • November 13, 2014:
    Serial Number 1981804 was reported as accurate
  • November 13, 2014:
    Serial Number 1981804 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • November 12, 2014:
    Serial Number 1981335 was reported as accurate
  • November 10, 2014:
    Serial Number 1981335 was reported as accurate
  • July 14, 2014:
    Serial Number 1981008 was reported as accurate
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