Thursday, 21 February 2013

Waltham Pocket Watch Value

How To Determine Waltham Pocket Watch Value

If you are lucky enough to own a Waltham watch then you will want to know how to work out the Waltham pocket watch value. The good news is that this is a fairly easy thing to do if you follow some simple guidelines.

The good news is that all Waltham pocket watches have some value even if it is only for scrap parts. Some pocket watches are in such poor condition or beyond a state of repair that it makes it a waste of time to try and repair or restore them. Don't throw your Waltham watch away though as many people will buy it from you to use as spare parts.

As you can imagine there are a lot of Waltham pocket watches and those that repair them or various collectors are always on the look out for real parts. In addition to this, if there is any gold in the pocket watch then it has at worst case a gold value. Right now gold is extremely valuable and you can get a lot of money just for that. Check here to see the price of gold.Price of gold

Working Out The Value Of Your Waltham Pocket Watch

Ok, so now we need to try and determine the actual value of your Waltham pocket watch. Let me start with some real basics which are nonetheless still very important. Certain things have a dramatic impact on the value of your watch and these include:

Does the watch actually work? - This is vitally important for any collector as they do not want to have to pay for costly repairs.

Is the Pocket Watch in good condition? - Dents, scratches, tarnishes etc all reduce the value of your watch. The better condition the watch is in then the better for you and the more it is worth.

Do you have the original packaging? - If you have anything that tells the history or a story about the watch then that instantly makes it more valuable. this can include things like a sale's letter, catalogue entry, the original box it came in, photographs of the watch that are dated, etc.

Principle of the older the better. - This is not 100% true but in general terms it holds good. The earlier your watch was made then the more valuable it would be which is a fairly consistent principle with any antique. There are always exceptions to this such as limited editions, watches made that are of very high quality and a few other watches like that.

Those are the general principles you should apply to determining the value of your Waltham pocket watch.

Dating Your Waltham Pocket Watch

As you can see the date that your watch was actually made is important when you it comes to value. Therefore we need to know how to find out that date. This is how you go about doing that. You first need to find the serial number that is marked on the movement of your watch. You may see one on the case but for now ignore that. Find the serial number on the movement and make a note of that.

Click on this link to go to a Waltham serial number look-up table.

From here you can match the serial number on your watch to a year and you will know which year your watch was made. For example if the serial number was 734,967 then the year of manufacture would be 1874.  With this knowledge you are now in a much better place to help determine its value.

Now try typing the type of watch and the year into somewhere like eBay and you will see other watches that are similar and will give you an indicative value. Please remember that this is just a rough estimate and is no real indicator of true value, but it is a very good starting point.

I would however strongly recommend if it is an old watch that you take it and get it properly evaluated by an expert as it will certainly be worth your while.