How to Date a Pocket Watch

Dating a pocket watch

Note that we're using the serial

Here are samples of the styles that each decade offered. This will give a good idea of the manufacture date.

Quite often it comes right

There may also be a number on the inside of the case, and maybe the name of the maker. Some American watch brands did not use a consistent series of serial numbers, but most of the big manufacturers did. Open the watchcase carefully from the back to look inside. The case may not be the original, and replacement parts are common.

It looks very similar to the styly of the others. This should be on the flat part of the watch when the case is open.

There are several ways to get

Quite often it comes right down to what the watch looks like. Note that we're using the serial number from the watch movement, not from the watch case. There are several ways to get an idea of when your watch was made. Sometimes it is easy to answer, and sometimes it is impossible.

You will notice that there are many numbers stamped at various locations inside and outside your watch. Check the name of the manufacturer on the watch face. This is also an indicator of age. Old pocket watches carry secrets as well as the time.

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