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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Waltham Grade L Pocket Watch

Grade: L

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 5318115
Grade: L
Model: 1890
Estimated Production Date: March 1892 - August 1892
Run Quantity: 4,000
Total Production: 57,000
Size: 6s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Regulator: Patent
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • November 16, 2019:
    Serial Number 5317084 was reported as accurate
  • April 3, 2019:
    Serial Number 5316083 was reported as accurate
  • January 2, 2019:
    Serial Number 5319796 was reported as accurate
  • December 11, 2018:
    Serial Number 5319100 was reported as accurate
  • November 3, 2017:
    Serial Number 5317093 was reported as accurate
  • October 17, 2017:
    Serial Number 5319835 was reported as accurate
  • October 17, 2017:
    Serial Number 5319835 was reported as accurate
  • January 17, 2017:
    Serial Number 5317196 was reported as accurate
  • June 13, 2016:
    Serial Number 5318415 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Plate changed from 3/4 Split to 3/4
  • April 15, 2015:
    Serial Number 5318408 was reported as accurate
  • November 16, 2014:
    Serial Number 5318274 was reported as accurate
  • July 27, 2014:
    Serial Number 5316047 was reported as accurate
  • June 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 5317738 was reported as accurate
  • February 19, 2013:
    Serial Number 5318115 was reported as accurate
Waltham Grade L Pocket Watch