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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).
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.
The Omega Watch Company was founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland in 1848.
Brandt, 23 years old, began by hand assembling watches from parts produced by local craftsmen.
Following a merger with Tissot in 1930 a new parent company, SSIH, Société Suisse pour l'industrie Horlogère SA, Geneva, was established.
The following table can be used to date the watch within 1-2 years.
Omega watches carry a serial number either on the movement for vintage models up (up to around 1980) or etched on the outside of the case for later models.
For vintage models this is translates to the production date of the movement which can differ to the subsequent date when the watch was sold so it can only be used as an approximate tool only.
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.