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post #1 of 15
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An apparent TAG stop watch bought in the 60's or '70's at Kmart for $27.97.

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Hamilton Ladies watch:

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Timex:

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Casio:

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Waltham:

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Bucherer:

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Picture of the group of watches.

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I assume that they are not worth much today as they're pretty scratched up. However, some are still running!
post #2 of 15
Hamilton, Timex, Waltham, and Bucherer would be the best bets. While they have a policy against doing drive-by valuations, the folks at Watchuseek.com could give you some information on them.
It all depends on factors like the condition of the movement, the amount of patina on the dials/hands, etc.

I've seen some prices on similar pieces on watchrecon.com...
Good luck!
post #3 of 15
let me know if you're interested in selling that tag stop watch
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by tomee View Post

let me know if you're interested in selling that tag stop watch

I'm selling all of the watches but I need to find out what they're worth.
post #5 of 15
I think there is a big market for vintage Hamilton watches for men. I'm not sure if it is the same for women's watches.
post #6 of 15
I'd be interested in that Timex watch, depending on your price.
post #7 of 15
seeing as no one has posted any worthwhile reply... the vintage watches' value will depend very highly on their condition. main concern is rust. scratched glass/crystal is easily repaired, as is polishing the cases. the dials look fairly legible and i dont see any glaring water damage. I assume none of these are actual gold which of course would make them worth more....

in good working condition i would say you should at least aim for:

$500 for the Heuer stopwatch - first swiss watch in space was a heuer. they also invented the first 1/100th accurate stopwatch ( TAG bought Heuer in the 80s sometime)
$50 Waltham (people collect these for the movement and some sentimental value times long gone)
Bucherer is the tricky one, could be in the $500 range, you would need to be more specific on the movement, model number and year. could be more even.
The rest are pretty much worthless $20 garage sale stuff. Unless the hamilton is an automatic, in which case you could group it with the Waltham.

For a better estimate I would put them up for sale on www.watchuseek.com and see what bites. That is the most active secondary watch market online

...or I could have just told you they are all worthless and i'd take them all for $50 smile.gif

Alos, keep in mind that $30 in 1960 was the equivalent of $200 in todays money.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by dirtyturk View Post

seeing as no one has posted any worthwhile reply... the vintage watches' value will depend very highly on their condition. main concern is rust. scratched glass/crystal is easily repaired, as is polishing the cases. the dials look fairly legible and i dont see any glaring water damage. I assume none of these are actual gold which of course would make them worth more....

in good working condition i would say you should at least aim for:

$500 for the Heuer stopwatch - first swiss watch in space was a heuer. they also invented the first 1/100th accurate stopwatch ( TAG bought Heuer in the 80s sometime)
$50 Waltham (people collect these for the movement and some sentimental value times long gone)
Bucherer is the tricky one, could be in the $500 range, you would need to be more specific on the movement, model number and year. could be more even.
The rest are pretty much worthless $20 garage sale stuff. Unless the hamilton is an automatic, in which case you could group it with the Waltham.

For a better estimate I would put them up for sale on www.watchuseek.com and see what bites. That is the most active secondary watch market online

...or I could have just told you they are all worthless and i'd take them all for $50 smile.gif

Alos, keep in mind that $30 in 1960 was the equivalent of $200 in todays money.

Thanks! That was very helpful.

I'm surprised at the value of the Tag. I've seen the stopwatches on ebay vary greatly in price and none of the models on there are the same as what I have. The only thing that worries me is that there is a sticker on the back of the stopwatch covering the whole back with the person's name and a "reference" #. In what research I've done so far, I thought that TAG's had a serial AND reference number on the back but I'm afraid to rip the sticker off to find out. Maybe that was something that they did back then. I'm pretty sure it's not a fake as the original receipt is still with it as well as the box and instruction manual.

The Bucherer is a little odd as it says on the back that it's an Automatic but it has a closed, stainless steel back. It works (as do the Timex and Waltham and TAG) but the stem is very hard to turn. I'm assuming that it may be rust. If it is rust, it's not visible. The number on the back is 1512P. I'll check around the web but do you know where there may be a place to look that up?

I checked the websites that someone listed earlier but I didn't sign up yet to begin posting.
Edited by Tck13 - 7/26/11 at 2:26pm
post #9 of 15
perhaps you are right, I guess I just like the stopwatch. Maybe $150 would be a fair value? Again, it is not a TAG.
The bucherer is probably an automatic, you don't have to see the movement for it to work wink.gif Rolex never shows...
It is probably in the $150 range as well in good condition. If I were you I would sell everything, use the money to get the bucherer cleaned up and wear it yourself assuming these have some sentimental value to you.

again, with vintage watches, it is whatever someone pays for it so just post them up and see what they go for.

good luck
post #10 of 15
I actually collected vintage hamiltons for a couple of years (the are not as expensive and seldom "franken-watchified" -meaning faked with other vintage parts/movements).

I know that you could probably get $250-300 for that Tag stopwatch on eBay. Actually since you have the original box and if you take great pictures the auction could go crazy and you'd might be able to hit the $500 mark. That said buying it from a antique watch store will probably cost you in the $700-$1000 range (inflated to recoup store and repair overhead).

try to contact the people at Hodinkee ( http://www.hodinkee.com/ ) its a blog that specilizes in great vintage watch finds for the ecclectic mid priced stuff ($1000 and above) as well as the super duper expensive stuff. If your tag stop watch is legit and appraised properly they even will link your auction to the masses that would actually pay top dollar for it.

The ladies hamilton watch may fetch you $50 (ladies hamiltons are priced low) on eBay. Unless if its solid gold (to which you might check to see if its worth more as melted gold in comparison). The waltham may get you near $100 if in great shape.

The timex will get you in the $75-$150 range (depending on the gold content and amount of auction action).

People usually collect vintage watches with a certain brand or type (to make things more streamlined) just as I exclusively focused on vintage Hamiltons.... so you want to get the guys who collect Tag (heuer) eye's on it to create buzz...
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by dirtyturk View Post

perhaps you are right, I guess I just like the stopwatch. Maybe $150 would be a fair value? Again, it is not a TAG.
The bucherer is probably an automatic, you don't have to see the movement for it to work wink.gif Rolex never shows...
It is probably in the $150 range as well in good condition. If I were you I would sell everything, use the money to get the bucherer cleaned up and wear it yourself assuming these have some sentimental value to you.

again, with vintage watches, it is whatever someone pays for it so just post them up and see what they go for.

good luck

I just realized what you were saying in your initial thread. It's not a TAG! Lol! It took me reading your second post to realize that. Whenever I look at the watch, it's almost like my mind puts TAG in there somewhere and it's not showing on anything. I'm not much of a watch person but I didn't know that they were separate companies initially.

There's no sentimental value for me. I'm actually helping a friend who is selling his house after about 30 years and has 30 years and a couple of generations of stuff to go through and get rid of. He hates doing it and wanted some help so I volunteered. He was just going to throw everything out.
post #12 of 15
I like that Heuer stopwatch!!!
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Is it possible for me to take the back off of the Bucherer to take a look at the insides / movement?
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
If anyone cares, the stopwatch went for $100, the Waltham went for $15, and the Bucherer went for $75. I also sold a E. Howard Pocket Watch that went for over $200.

Still waiting to see what the Timex, Hamilton, and Casio bring. I don't think they'll bring more than a couple of dollars.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Tck13 View Post


I just realized what you were saying in your initial thread. It's not a TAG! Lol! It took me reading your second post to realize that. Whenever I look at the watch, it's almost like my mind puts TAG in there somewhere and it's not showing on anything. I'm not much of a watch person but I didn't know that they were separate companies initially.

There's no sentimental value for me. I'm actually helping a friend who is selling his house after about 30 years and has 30 years and a couple of generations of stuff to go through and get rid of. He hates doing it and wanted some help so I volunteered. He was just going to throw everything out.

Actually, the brand has since been sold to LVMH.
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