Dating waltham pocket watch
I am slowly adding serial number tables to this site. With the exception of BULOVA, the numbers on the inside and outside of the CASE ITSELF are ONLY for identification purposes - they mean nothing.
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).
The reason: There have been a lot of watch manufacturing companies that have come and gone over the years.
Many have gone out of business, while others destroyed records to save space.
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.
Sometimes it is easy to answer, and sometimes it is impossible.
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.
Write this number down and compare it to the charts on this website.
This will give a good idea of the manufacture date.