Dating an elgin pocket watch
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Serial number records are available for many of the old pocket watch companies like AM Waltham, Elgin, South Bend etc. The number you need is the serial number stamped on the MOVEMENT (i.e the inner workings).Write this number down and compare it to the charts on this website.This will give a good idea of the manufacture date.It will NOT tell you the actual date the watch was acquired...many watches spent years in warehouses before being sold... If there are some letters incoroporated in the serial number (common with Hamilton and Elgin) your watch was probably made AFTER the last date on the chart.Both companies went to a different serial number system and the date of manufacture is not determinable by these letter & number serials.: In the 1950's Bulova incorporated a symbol system to date the watches they manufactured.These numbers are stamped on the back (outside) of the case. The code was usually stamped on the back of the watch case.If there is no two symbols, it could be that your watch was made before 1948. For exabple, If you have a Bulova watch with the stamp M3 then it was made in 1963.Note the thick hands, engraved patterns and bold design of all of these watches.These watches are typical of the "Deco" style of the teens and 20's.