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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: Home Watch Co.

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 539832
Grade: Home Watch Co.
Model: 1857
Estimated Production Date: May 1871 - July 1, 1871
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 134,758
Size: 18s
Jewels: 7j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Balance Type: Solid
Balance Material: Steel
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
Data Research: c.1900 Waltham Factory Ledgers
1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
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Verifications & Observations

539001
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  • February 26, 2019:
    Serial Number 539832 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Marked Home Watch Co Boston Mass. The regulator
    scale is engraved into the train plate instead of
    an attached scale.
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. The database has been updated accordingly.
  • February 20, 2016:
    Serial Number 539024 was reported as accurate
  • February 10, 2016:
    Serial Number 539872 was reported as accurate
  • May 28, 2015:
    Serial Number 539009 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • April 19, 2014:
    Serial Number 539899 was reported as accurate
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