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Posted 6 years ago

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My wife received this item from her Great Aunts estate (it is one of three pocket watches that we now have). It is very nice and we would like to try and find out more about it.

Here are a few of the facts:
There is an inscription inside with the date 03-14-08. We are guessing it references 1908.
Both sides on the outside have the same detail. (last picture) My guess is that it is a stamped design.
The second picture has the stamp of the Philadelphia Watch Case Company with the word "Victory" below it. Under that reads Warranted Ten Years. Under that is the number -4483664.
The third picture (movement) reads Elgin Natl Watch Co. It also states Safety Pinion; has the U.S.A. mark on it. The number located in this area is -13437865.

The truth of the matter is the watch does not wind. That being said we would really like to know some type of value on the watch to determine whether or not having it fixed is going to outweigh its value.

We are hoping for some positive feedback as this would be a neat heirloom. My wife is currently checking her family history for the initials that have been engraved next to the date. We wish we had more information.

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  1. domk2000, 6 years ago
    Thanks for replying AR8!
    What I mean by "It does not wind" is... The winding wheel spins feely. It does not catch on anything.
    I did read a comment that you had left on someone else's watch regarding model #, etc.. So I was able to use that link and look it up. I wish I had more info on the stamped design. Any links to look that info up?
    Thanks again! Any advice is welcome. : )
  2. domk2000, 6 years ago
    Interesting info. Thanks AR8!
    The date is professionally etched and my wife is currently looking for the person in her lineage with those initials.
    Any suggestions on the "wind"? I'm still unsure if whether or not having it fixed is going to outweigh its value. I'm trully "on the fence".
    Do you have any suggestions for having it repaired? What questions should I ask? How do I spot a "shady" watch repairer? anything else....? I would like to appear semi-educated if I decide to bring this watch in for repair.
  3. domk2000, 6 years ago
    I knew what you meant Jason. :) Thanks for the advice. Given the quality of the movement I hope it will not be a lot to repair. Do you have a ballpark number that would be over the "threshold" in terms of repair? I'm still unsure if whether or not having it fixed is going to outweigh its value.
    I'm going to try and bring it into a shop this weekend. There is anactual "clock shop" near my home. I'm assuming they repair pocket watches. Hopefully that "assumption" isn't wrong.
    Thanks again!

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