Posted 5 years ago
My wife and I operate an estate sale business, and while pulling out merchandise to put on display we found this Waltham pocket watch in a paper gift bag that was full of tissue paper. The serial number on the works is 21187, which I think puts it at 1857, a pre-Civil War watch. Is that correct? It is inscribed "P.S. Bartlett" on the works, too. I also believe that it's an 18s as it is approximately 2 3/8 inches wide. The case is inscribed as coin silver. I do not know if it still runs as I have not yet tried to wind it with the key.
Are there any other things I should do or discover about the watch before trying to sell it? Should I just wind it up? Get it cleaned? What do collectors need to know or require in a watch they would consider buying?
Note: I thought a watch that seemed very similar to this one just recently sold on eBay for $2,200.