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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I have several vintage watches (circa 1930) that I was hoping to get a very rough appraisal on. Sorry for the crappy pics. Any help would be appreciated Longines Chopard Revue Thommen (cricket), IWC, Gruen Hamilton, Walthen, Universal Geneva 18k Walthen, Universal Geneva 18k again Elgin (left)
post #2 of 13
Can't help you but if you're selling the IWC, I might be interested.
post #3 of 13
that IWC looks lovely.
post #4 of 13
I rather fancy that Revue Thommen although I have no clue what the value might be.

Sorry for not providing any appraisal help.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
All of these are for sale but I'd like to know more about them before that point comes.
post #6 of 13
Go do a completed auction search on Ebay and figure out what the market is saying they're worth. Be brutally honest about condition, etc. in using the comparables. Generally if the case isn't gold, they won't be worth a lot ($200-$300 at most). The 18k ones will be worth more, but what depends greatly on the brand and condition. I assume that none of these have the original box and paperwork (which significantly increases the value by bringing in serious collectors).

Don't have any specific information for you, but the ebay thing is probably your best shot. Don't look at what they're being offered for. Look at what they actually sold for.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
I've tried this route, too many variables unfortunately.

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Originally Posted by Mark from Plano View Post
Go do a completed auction search on Ebay and figure out what the market is saying they're worth. Be brutally honest about condition, etc. in using the comparables. Generally if the case isn't gold, they won't be worth a lot ($200-$300 at most). The 18k ones will be worth more, but what depends greatly on the brand and condition. I assume that none of these have the original box and paperwork (which significantly increases the value by bringing in serious collectors).

Don't have any specific information for you, but the ebay thing is probably your best shot. Don't look at what they're being offered for. Look at what they actually sold for.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by distinctive View Post
I've tried this route, too many variables unfortunately.

I was going to comment about price, but, as an interested party (let me know when they are for sale), I better not. The "check ebay" recommendation could serve you well for the longines and the elgins, but there are too many variables as you say: Are working and keeping time? Are they serviced? Original straps? Restored dial? and a long etc.

Gorgeous watches.
post #9 of 13
Assuming they're all running and cosmetically sound, but in need of a service / clean;

Longines $150-200 (probably a nice calibre, but common)
Chopard $4-600 (good brand, nice looking watch)
Revue Thommen $3-500 (this one is probably modern, c90s, good watch though. More if gold not base metal)
IWC $8-1200 (highly dependent on condition, looks like it might be a Cal. 83)
Gruen $1-200
Hamilton $1-300 (pretty unusual, which can be good or bad)
Waltham $2-300
Universal Geneve $3-400 (bit of a funky design - perhaps only worth scrap value)
Elgin $1-200

Basically there's a bunch of fairly regular stuff in there, and a few highlights - the IWC, the Chopard, and to a lesser extent the UG because of the gold and the Revue Thommen because it's a well-respected movement.
post #10 of 13
that's Vintage for you.

Its a real crapshoot. Got a nice watch repair shop that you trust that can give you some evals?
post #11 of 13
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post #12 of 13
You might want to try posting this on watchuseek.com, they have brand specific forums.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by EdenResident View Post
Can't help you but if you're selling the IWC, I might be interested.

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Originally Posted by baldicusrex View Post
that IWC looks lovely.

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