Perhaps you have a watch which has been passed down by an elderly relative, or you have found one in an auction or an estate sale. However you came across it, a vintage watch to sell is a fascinating and valuable thing to have. Depending on how rare the watch is and what condition it is in, it could possibly be worth a lot of money. You can sell your watches on our website and earn yourself some cash!
However, the trick is to know how to tell the difference between a valuable and rare vintage watch and one that is not worth a lot of money. It is always a good idea to inform yourself first so that you have a good estimate of the watch’s value before bringing it to a dealer. The dealer might want to buy the watch right away and without knowing how much it is worth you might accept an offer that is lower than you could have gotten somewhere else.
Here are a few ways to tell if you have a valuable watch to sell on your hands and whether it will bring you a profit.
What is the manufacturer?
When it comes to watches, the company that made the watch is very important. Most vintage watch collectors will look for brands such as Rolex, Cartier, and Patek Philippe so if you have one of these high end names you can be sure that your watch is worth selling. If you have a Gruen, Hamilton or Elgin watch this is considered second tier but might also be quite valuable.
What are the works?
The “works” refers to the inner mechanisms of the watch and some are more valuable than others. If your vintage watch has jewel movements this will make it more valuable, especially if it has at least 15 jewels. Quartz watches are usually a lot less valuable than windup watches.
What condition is it in?
If your watch is in mint condition this will increase the value considerably, but if there are any scratches, damage, or broken parts then this will bring the value down. Although you can have a watch restored, some purist watch collectors will avoid watches that have been restored.
These are just a few things to consider when determining whether or not you have a valuable vintage watch to sell.
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