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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).
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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: A.T. & Co.

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 280948
Grade: A.T. & Co.
Model: 1860
Estimated Production Date: December 1866 - September 1867
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 8,102
Size: 16s
Jewels: 15j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
U.S. Patents: 46343
Movement Markings: Appleton, Tracy & Co.
Waltham, Mass.
Fogg's Safety Pinion Pat. Feb. 14. 1865.
Data Research: c.1900 Waltham Factory Ledgers
1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
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  • December 25, 2019:
    Serial Number 280483 was reported as accurate
  • October 12, 2019:
    Serial Number 280641 was reported as accurate
  • August 18, 2019:
    Serial Number 280141 was reported as accurate
  • October 29, 2018:
    Serial Number 280581 was reported as accurate
  • October 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 280676 was reported as accurate
  • January 4, 2018:
    Serial Number 280575 was reported as accurate
  • December 12, 2017:
    Serial Number 280948 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Gilt
  • December 11, 2017:
    Serial Number 280948 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Gilt
  • October 5, 2017:
    Serial Number 280624 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Gilt
  • April 28, 2017:
    Serial Number 280642 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Gilt
  • March 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 280262 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Gilt
  • November 21, 2016:
    Serial Number 280112 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Gilt
  • September 27, 2016:
    Serial Number 280800 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Gilt
  • April 12, 2015:
    Serial Number 280817 was reported as accurate
  • January 17, 2015:
    Serial Number 280508 was reported as accurate
  • June 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 280300 was reported as accurate
  • May 29, 2013:
    Serial Number 280273 was reported as accurate
  • January 23, 2013:
    Serial Number 280286 was reported as accurate
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