Pocket Watch Information

Please do not call us for antique pocket watch information and/or values.
We do not sell, research, nor offer appraisals or values for used, vintage, or antique watches.
The information provided is for reference only.

Please see our watch information section, or visit the NAWCC Message Board if you need further assistance.

Serial Number Production Date Tables for various American pocket watches.
The following links use the serial number of the watch movement (NOT THE CASE) to determine the approximate age of your watch.
NOTE: Production date by serial number information is not guaranteed to be accurate, and is provided as a public service to our customers.

American Waltham Watch Company Production Dates

Ball Watch Company Production Dates

Columbus Watch Company Production Dates

Elgin National Watch Company Production Dates

Elgin National Watch Company Factory Pictorial
"A Factory Grows on the Fox River"

Hamilton Watch Company Production Dates

Hamilton Watch Company Grade by Serial Number

Hampden (Dueber) Watch Company Production Dates

Illinois Watch Company Production Dates

New York Watch Company Production Dates

Rockford Watch Company Production Dates

Seth Thomas Watch Company Production Dates

South Bend (Studebaker) Watch Company Production Dates

More useful articles and information:

Antique Pocket Watch - Frequently Asked Questions

Watch Crystal Chart - for Watchmakers and Hobbyists (free download!)

Pocket Watch Size Information - Lancashire gauge, the standard for most American pocket watches.

"Grading the Condition of an Antique Pocket Watch"
- We get dozens of emails every day from people asking "How much is my pocket watch worth?" 
One HUGE factor in valuing a watch has to due with its condition. 
This article describes the guidelines in grading your antique pocket watch, courtesy of Pocketwatcher.

"Care for Your Antique Pocket Watch" - Another helpful article courtesy of Pocketwatcher.

"How a Hamilton Watch Deserves to be Treated"
- an excerpt from Hamilton Watch Company publication, "The Time Keeper", circa 1920s.
A great companion to the above article, "Care for Your Antique Pocket Watch".

"What are Watch Jewels?" - Article explaining what jewels are used for in watches, courtesy of Pocketwatcher.

"How to Wear Your Pocket Watch" - Another useful article courtesy of Pocketwatcher, showing detailed photos of how to wear your antique pocket watch.

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