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: No. 1

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 3991511
Grade: No. 1
Variation: Sterling Quality
Model: 1883
Estimated Production Date: April 1889 - August 1889
Run Quantity: 4,000
Total Production: 1,056,920
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: Full Plate
Regulator: Church 1885
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • June 6, 2020:
    Serial Number 3990159 was reported as accurate
  • January 3, 2020:
    Serial Number 3989409 was reported as accurate
  • December 1, 2018:
    Serial Number 3990941 was reported as accurate
  • July 30, 2018:
    Serial Number 3991511 was reported as accurate
  • July 24, 2016:
    Serial Number 3991070 was reported as accurate
  • July 30, 2015:
    Serial Number 3990330 was reported as accurate
  • April 5, 2015:
    Serial Number 3991589 was reported as accurate
  • May 16, 2013:
    Serial Number 3989267 was reported as accurate
  • December 29, 2012:
    Serial Number 3991681 was reported as accurate