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It is very important to not use the serial number on the case because that is completely unrelated to the movement serial number.
Table of Contents How to Open a Watch Case Why the Movement and Case Serial Numbers Are Unrelated Are Case Serial Numbers Useful For Anything? "Jeweler Marks" Accuracy of the Estimates of When Watches Were Made The Better Way to Determine the Date Serial Number Data Table While opening a watch isn't rocket science, a watch can be damaged if you try to open it incorrectly. If you really aren't sure what to do, take it to one of your local jewelers and ask them to show you how to open it.
The National Watch Company produced its first watch—the B. Raymond—in April 1867, and it was immediately successful.
High volume watches will tend to be closer to the date listed, while expensive, high quality watches will tend to be the ones that have misleading dates.
New models of watches may be released before or after these general dates.
The jeweler would then put the movement and the case together.
With only a few exceptions, the watch companies and watch case companies were completely unrelated business.