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Pocket Watch Serial Number Production List

Do you have a vintage pocket watch that has been in the family for many years? If you take the back off, you will find the serial number on the movement. Then use the chart below to get information on your watch. Please use the following tables to help determine the approximate age of your watch. Remove or open the back cover from your watch and look for a number engraved into the movement; this is the serial number for your watch, and by using it, you can find the closest years they made it on these tables. Please note there is a difference between the number marked on the movement and the one marked on the case. These tables are only accurate for the movement serial numbers. You might also try looking in the book “The Complete Price Guide to Watches” by Richard M. Gilbert et al. (ISBN 978-0982948774 for the 2018 edition) for more information about your watch. There is extensive information about different makes of watch, along with accurate histories about the companies themselves. They can purchase the book online via We’ve also seen it at the local Barnes & Noble bookstore in the “collectibles” section, so you can also check there. Another resource is the Pocket Watch Database, an ever-growing online listing of movement grades and serial numbers to aid in pocket watch identification. To jump to a particular section below, you may click on the following manufacturers:

  • Aurora

  • Ball (made by Hamilton)

  • Ball (made by Waltham)

  • Columbus

  • E. Howard

  • Elgin

  • Hamilton

  • Hampden

  • Illinois

  • Rockford

  • Seth Thomas

  • South Bend

  • Waltham

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