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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.
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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: Sterling

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 2457949
Grade: Sterling
Model: 1879
Estimated Production Date: August 1884 - March 1885
Run Quantity: 2,000
Total Production: 25,300
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
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  • March 25, 2020:
    Serial Number 2457949 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This movement is set up as open face with pendant
    at 12.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Configuration changed from Hunting to Openface
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Gilt
  • July 4, 2018:
    Serial Number 2457567 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: hunter configuration
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Configuration changed from Either to Openface
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Gilt
    Movement Setting changed from Key to Lever
  • June 1, 2015:
    Serial Number 2457567 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: lever set , male winding stem
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Key to Lever
  • January 15, 2014:
    Serial Number 2456302 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Lever set
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Setting changed from Key to Lever
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