Silver pocket watch

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Dlf, Oct 21, 2020.

  1. Dlf

    Dlf Active Member

    Hello I am looking for a silver pocket watch with chain to purchase for my birthday. Does anyone have any suggestions? Looking to spend $200-$400.
  2. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    this should be under Wanted........but who's to say that it's not better placed here.....:wideyed::confused::rolleyes::rolleyes:

    when's the big day...?
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  3. Shangas

    Shangas Underage Antiques Collector and Historian

    A watch AND chain for $300? I don't see that happening, unless they're silver plated.
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  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

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  5. JamesonWest

    JamesonWest Member

    You could probably find a lower-end omega or hamilton watch within that budget.. you might have to buy the chain separate though.
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  6. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    So if someone is looking for a pocket watch, are there specific things to look for, or to avoid? Or is that just too vague a question?
  7. Dlf

    Dlf Active Member

    Family asked what I wanted for my bday end of November I wasn't given a price. Didn't see wanted section.
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  8. Dlf

    Dlf Active Member

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  9. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

  10. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Whoa.. I saw that one too....but it's a running auction with 2 days BIN...or BO....
    No harm in bidding but I doubt it'll stay at 65 bucks !!!
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  11. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    It is....BUT.....for a semi vague answer....;):)......

    Find one thats running properly....
    fixing one can cost more than it;s worth..

    Look at lots of them so you know what style you like...

    Check the size....

    Key, or wind up ??

    17 jewels ...usually better than 3 look for quality in the movement..

    stuff like that..........
  12. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Thanks....I did NOT see that part!..........
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  13. Shangas

    Shangas Underage Antiques Collector and Historian

    Good God. Where do you want to start??

    How old? How big? Key wind? Crown wind? Crown set? Lever set? Pin set? How many jewels? What size hands, what type of numerals, what case? Open-face? Hunter? Half-Hunter? Skeletonised? Modern? Antique? Luxury? Simple? Railroad watch? Minute-repeater?

    Personally, when I'm looking for a pocketwatch...

    - Buy the best quality you can afford. For me, this would mean 17 jewels or above, from a major American or European manufacturer. Ball, Omega, Rolex, Hamilton, Elgin, Patek Philippe, etc, etc. etc.

    - KNOW how the watch works. Is it crown-wind? Crown set? Lever-set? Pin-set? Key-set? Key-wind?

    - Always buy a watch which works. A watch which works can be cleaned, regulated, and put back into service. A watch which doesn't work might have broken components which are unrepairable. There goes your $400.

    - Ask yourself what kind of faults you're willing to put up with, and know what things can, and cannot be repaired. Cracked crystals? They can be replaced. Missing hands can be matched, or replaced. Bows (the ring at the top of the crown) can be replaced.

    - Always buy a highly jeweled movement. 17 jewels minimum.

    - A pocketwatch is like a car. Always assume it needs servicing, and factor that into the budget. A pocketwatch should be serviced, at the bare minimum - once every ten years. If you can afford it, then once every five years is best.

    I had my watch serviced when I bought it, and it kept running for 7 years. Then the mainspring snapped. So I had it serviced again. The mainspring was replaced, and the whole thing was given a complete overhaul, including fixing up some cosmetic issues. That was three years ago, and it's still running perfectly. It's on my desk right now as I type this.

    - Avoid any watches which you can't find any reliable information on. Stick to the big brands. There's thousands, probably millions, of third-tier junker watches out there. They're not worth buying, and they sure as hell, are not worth spending money on to get them fixed, unless you're studying to be a watchmaker and are looking for practice-pieces.
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  14. Dlf

    Dlf Active Member

    Thank you my dad always had one when I was growing up I never received it when he died. I only remember it was silver on a chain pushed the top button and the cover popped open.
  15. Shangas

    Shangas Underage Antiques Collector and Historian

    Yeah. They're called hunter case watches.
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  16. Dlf

    Dlf Active Member

    So maybe li can narrow it down he was born in 1919 and had it when he was in WWII. I really wish I could remember the inside. I saw tiny makers which I thought was stamps as a child. The face was white with black hands. This is probably not enough info but worth a try.
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  17. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    you'll know it when you see it.........

  18. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

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