Some companies (as with the Gruen Watch Company), even lost rocords to fire or other natural disaster. I am sure they had no idea that their timepieces would someday be collected.
There are several ways to get an idea of when your watch was made.
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.
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.
A science there is only one way, an exact match is needed, and almost impossible to find.
Homestead Track Homestead Track Medicinal plants will be needed from a survival destination.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.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).Both companies went to a different serial number system and the date of manufacture is not determinable by these letter & number serials.