Dating watches

dating watches

How can you tell if a watch has been dated?

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 20s. The Elgin and Hamilton were dated by serial number, while the Gruen was dated by an inscription on the back. The New Haven was dated by looking at the style of the watch.

How can you date a watch from the 1960s?

That rules out production earlier than 1960. So, with these 2 clues combined, you can date the watch to 1960. This only applies when all the other methods also point to the decade that a patent was registered in. Sometimes, you can find the word “Brevet” and the Swiss cross on some part of the watch.

How do you determine the age of a watch?

L=50, M=60, N=70, P=80, T=90. The code was usually stamped on the back of the watch case. For exabple, If you have a Bulova watch with the stamp M3 then it was made in 1963. So, How do you determine the age of all of the others? Quite often it comes right down to what the watch looks like. Here are samples of the styles that each decade offered.

How can I find out what year a watch was made?

Sometimes a patent number on the watch helps a lot. You can easily look up patents on Espacenet. But the year of patenting a particular technical solution only tells you the earliest possible date a watch was made. It’s more useful when you’re trying to determine the manufacturer of a watch.

How can I tell when my watch was made?

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.

Can vintage watches be dated using the serial number?

Not all vintage watches can be dated using the serial number. Some American watch brands did not use a consistent series of serial numbers, but most of the big manufacturers did. Most vintage Swiss pocket watches did NOT have serial numbers and cant be dated by this method.

How do I date a vintage watch movement?

You should consult the serial number table for the specific brand of watch movement you are trying to date by selecting a company from the menu on the left. Not all vintage watches can be dated using the serial number. Some American watch brands did not use a consistent series of serial numbers, but most of the big manufacturers did.

Do you prefer a watch with a date indicator or not?

I prefer a watch to have a date indicator; however, many are poorly implemented and end up looking like the watchmaker bought a large number of movements which came with standard black on white wheels was too cheap to replace them with date wheels that matched the watch.

How do I find the production year of my watch?

A unique serial number makes it possible to trace back the origin of any watch and identify model, calibre and year in which it was produced. Use your serial number to identify the production year of your watch by using a serial number matrix below. Note: - The serial numbers are usually found engraved in- or outside of the back case.

How can I tell when my watch was made?

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.

How do I find out what year my Omega watch is?

Omega serial numbers by year. Together with a reference number, the brand Omega placed their serial numbers on the inside of the backcase. One serial number indicates in which year or periode the watch was produced while the other number (the reference number) indicates which model or serie the specific watch belongs to.

How do I tell what year my Waltham Watch was made?

Looking at the table of Waltham serial numbers (see example below), you can see that number 20,900,000 was made in 1917 and 21,800,000 was made in 1918 (marked in red in the table below). Since your serial number falls between those two numbers, you know that your watch was made in 1917 or 1918.

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