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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.
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Grade: Wm. Ellery

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 2837085
Grade: Wm. Ellery
Model: 1873-6
Estimated Production Date: April 1886 - September 1886
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 18,086
Size: 6s
Jewels: 11j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Signing Style: Mixed
Movement Inlay Color: None
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
Movement Markings: Wm. Ellery.
Waltham, Mass.
Safety Pinion.
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • July 13, 2019:
    Serial Number 2837241 was reported as accurate
  • January 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 2837870 was reported as accurate
  • January 20, 2017:
    Serial Number 2837615 was reported as accurate
  • May 31, 2014:
    Serial Number 2837446 was reported as accurate
  • October 3, 2013:
    Serial Number 2837953 was reported as accurate