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Vintage watch experts: I need help!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by distinctive, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. distinctive

    distinctive Senior member

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    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 [​IMG] Chopard [​IMG] [​IMG] Revue Thommen (cricket), IWC, Gruen [​IMG] Hamilton, Walthen, Universal Geneva 18k [​IMG] Walthen, Universal Geneva 18k again [​IMG] Elgin (left) [​IMG]
     


  2. EdenResident

    EdenResident Senior member

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    Can't help you but if you're selling the IWC, I might be interested.
     


  3. baldicusrex

    baldicusrex Active Member

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    that IWC looks lovely.
     


  4. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    I rather fancy that Revue Thommen although I have no clue what the value might be.

    Sorry for not providing any appraisal help.
     


  5. distinctive

    distinctive Senior member

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  6. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Lifestyle change - no homo

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    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.
     


  7. distinctive

    distinctive Senior member

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    I've tried this route, too many variables unfortunately.

    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.
     


  8. agavilanes

    agavilanes Senior member

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    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.
     


  9. SimonC

    SimonC Senior member

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    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.
     


  10. chichow

    chichow Active Member

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    that's Vintage for you.

    Its a real crapshoot. Got a nice watch repair shop that you trust that can give you some evals?
     




  11. pandamonium

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    You might want to try posting this on watchuseek.com, they have brand specific forums.
     


  12. gin8u

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    Can't help you but if you're selling the IWC, I might be interested.

    that IWC looks lovely.

    what they said
     


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