It will NOT tell you the actual date the watch was acquired...
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.
: In the 1950's Bulova incorporated a symbol system to date the watches they manufactured.
Dials were larger while the cases were made to be less of a focal point...
looking straight at a watch from the 60's, you will many times notice that not too much of the case is visible.
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.
Understand how decay and half life work to enable radiometric dating.
Play a game that tests your ability to match the percentage of the dating element that remains to the age of the object.
Write this number down and compare it to the charts on this website.