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.
  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.
Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: Riverside

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 2981232
Grade: Riverside
Model: 1872
Estimated Production Date: July 1886 - August 1887
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 15,720
Size: 16s
Jewels: 15j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Regulator: Patent
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • November 28, 2019:
    Serial Number 2981952 was reported as accurate
  • November 28, 2019:
    Serial Number 2981952 was reported as accurate
  • January 13, 2018:
    Serial Number 2981232 was reported as accurate
  • September 7, 2017:
    Serial Number 2981850 was reported as accurate
  • April 26, 2017:
    Serial Number 2981232 was reported as accurate
  • April 22, 2017:
    Serial Number 2981356 was reported as accurate
  • July 22, 2016:
    Serial Number 2981019 was reported as accurate
  • December 3, 2015:
    Serial Number 2981478 was reported as accurate
  • April 24, 2015:
    Serial Number 2981857 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement finish is nickel. Set lever setting.
    Otherwise this is correct.
  • January 15, 2014:
    Serial Number 2981837 was reported as accurate