Back pocket dating
Note the thick hands, engraved patterns and bold design of all of these watches.
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 1940's watch styles were very similar to the styles of the 30's. A few years following the end of WWII america entered a period of prosperity, economic growth, and technical advancements in electronics and science. Many (but not all) watches were affected by the vision of the future. 1960's watches were a little bigger than they had been before.
As you can see from some of these examples, bold and fancy was back in style! Hands got a little wider and came to a sharper point.
These numbers are stamped on the back (outside) of the case. The code was usually stamped on the back of the watch case.