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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: Crescent St.

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 554857
Grade: Crescent St.
Model: 1870
Estimated Production Date: July 1871 - June 1, 1872
Run Quantity: 5,000
Total Production: 17,880
Size: 18s
Jewels: 15j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Inlay Color: None
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Regulator: Woerd 1870
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
Movement Markings: American Watch Co.
Crescent Street
Waltham, Mass.
Patent Pinion
Data Research: c.1900 Waltham Factory Ledgers
1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
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Verifications & Observations

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Verification Serial Map
555000
  • March 11, 2020:
    Serial Number 550373 was reported as accurate
  • February 8, 2020:
    Serial Number 550373 was reported as accurate
  • January 30, 2020:
    Serial Number 554857 was reported as accurate
  • December 3, 2019:
    Serial Number 550496 was reported as accurate
  • October 7, 2019:
    Serial Number 554737 was reported as accurate
  • September 12, 2019:
    Serial Number 554034 was reported as accurate
  • August 29, 2019:
    Serial Number 551107 was reported as accurate
  • August 15, 2019:
    Serial Number 550849 was reported as accurate
  • August 15, 2019:
    Serial Number 550849 was reported as accurate
  • July 4, 2019:
    Serial Number 550294 was reported as accurate
  • May 30, 2019:
    Serial Number 551849 was reported as accurate
  • April 20, 2019:
    Serial Number 550233 was reported as accurate
  • September 19, 2018:
    Serial Number 553637 was reported as accurate
  • September 18, 2018:
    Serial Number 552119 was reported as accurate
  • September 13, 2018:
    Serial Number 551369 was reported as accurate
  • September 13, 2018:
    Serial Number 550502 was reported as accurate
  • July 25, 2018:
    Serial Number 550502 was reported as accurate
  • June 3, 2018:
    Serial Number 552860 was reported as accurate
  • December 30, 2017:
    Serial Number 550102 was reported as accurate
  • October 11, 2017:
    Serial Number 550207 was reported as accurate
  • August 9, 2017:
    Serial Number 551895 was reported as accurate
  • July 24, 2017:
    Serial Number 551380 was reported as accurate
  • July 9, 2017:
    Serial Number 550430 was reported as accurate
  • May 24, 2017:
    Serial Number 554046 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • March 3, 2017:
    Serial Number 552152 was reported as accurate
  • February 20, 2017:
    Serial Number 551568 was reported as accurate
  • October 20, 2016:
    Serial Number 551661 was reported as accurate
  • June 15, 2016:
    Serial Number 554805 was reported as accurate
  • May 5, 2016:
    Serial Number 553566 was reported as accurate
  • April 20, 2016:
    Serial Number 553631 was reported as accurate
  • April 18, 2016:
    Serial Number 550437 was reported as accurate
  • April 18, 2016:
    Serial Number 551249 was reported as accurate
  • April 18, 2016:
    Serial Number 550437 was reported as accurate
  • April 11, 2016:
    Serial Number 552387 was reported as accurate
  • March 24, 2016:
    Serial Number 551211 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement Configuration is hunter
  • March 22, 2016:
    Serial Number 551079 was reported as accurate
  • March 11, 2016:
    Serial Number 553177 was reported as accurate
  • January 21, 2016:
    Serial Number 551079 was reported as accurate
  • October 25, 2015:
    Serial Number 554282 was reported as accurate
  • September 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 553660 was reported as accurate
  • August 26, 2015:
    Serial Number 551775 was reported as accurate
  • June 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 550706 was reported as accurate
  • June 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 550706 was reported as accurate
  • June 9, 2015:
    Serial Number 550706 was reported as accurate
  • December 12, 2014:
    Serial Number 552604 was reported as accurate
  • May 13, 2014:
    Serial Number 550645 was reported as accurate
  • February 17, 2014:
    Serial Number 550645 was reported as accurate
  • February 2, 2014:
    Serial Number 550645 was reported as accurate
  • February 2, 2014:
    Serial Number 550645 was reported as accurate
  • February 1, 2014:
    Serial Number 550645 was reported as accurate
  • February 1, 2014:
    Serial Number 550645 was reported as accurate
  • October 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 550205 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Information listed is accurate, but the movement
    finish is gilt. Per period advertisements, this
    was the first watch specifically marketed for
    railroad use. Thanks.
  • October 21, 2013:
    Serial Number 550702 was reported as accurate
  • December 26, 2012:
    Serial Number 552798 was reported as accurate
  • December 9, 2012:
    Serial Number 551728 was reported as accurate
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