The information provided within the Pocket Watch Database website is constantly being improved and refined. Despite the care and attention that is exercised while adding and augmenting the information, inaccuracies are still uncovered on a regular basis. Here are the most common reasons you may find the information in the database to be incorrect:
- Lack of Source Documentation. Many of the original ledgers and serial lists have been lost, are incomplete, or are inadequate.
- Incorrect Source Documentation. The original source documentation from the factories is known to be inconsistent or entirely incorrect in some cases.
- Conflict in Original Purpose. The original sources that have survived were never intended to be used by collectors. As a result, most documentation is sparse since the original intent was to assist in identification for watch service and repair work.
- Transcription Errors. When the original sources are transcribed, human errors and typos can cause incorrect information to be introduced into the data.
- Variants. Manufacturers were known to produce many variants of the same grade or model, even within the same run. Many times, these variants are unknown until new observations are uncovered.
- Misguided Lookups. It is common for users to accidentally conduct a lookup using the serial number from the case or the incorrect manufacturer. It is crucial to always use the entire serial number from the movement with the proper manufacturer.
We always encourage and welcome corrections to the database if inaccuracies are discovered. Please submit a verification report on the result page and provide information about your watch. When enough evidence is collected to warrant a modification, the database will be updated accordingly.