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Old pocket watches value

Works by masters of past centuries hour, in the great set of the existing today in the antique market, exhibited for sale for various reasons – whether it be unnecessary to cover with dust in the attic dedushkinyh hours or need to make changes in the direction of developing the collection.But one way or another, cash equivalent and old pocket watch to part with their owners, as well as the amount requested for this entertaining micromechanics in many antique shops, often do not correspond to the intrinsic value of hours.However, not everyone is a fan of antiquities has expertise in the art of watch and as a consequence – the exclusive legible in the acquisition of ancient hours.

Austria, 2 - I floor. XVIII century. Rare antique pocket (dilizhansnye) watches clock

Austria, 2 – I floor.XVIII century.Rare antique pocket (dilizhansnye) watches clock

At the outset, it should be noted that some antique pocket watches and early constitute a great artistic value, so they should be considered and evaluated more as art (as compared with the exclusive appearance, a magnificent finish and refined decorative style in which you keep corpus, Dial and arrows, etc., technical features such hours, sometimes insignificant).

In order to establish historical value hours, we have to specify exactly when they were manufactured, where and by whom were created (this may be a masterpiece and an unknown master, independently build miniature construction in single copies).

The most frequently vsrechayuschiesya subjects hour gathering
State engraved on the lid antique pocket hours
the end of 19th century.The most frequent subjects gathering today – these days they can be seen in almost every antique shop.The cost of such hours ranges from $ 50 to $ 300, most of them are in poor working condition and in need of repair or greatly increases the cost of restoration hours
Switzerland, beg.XX century.State engraved on the lid antique pocket hours(in this case – on the inner side), made in the same years as their own hours,increases their historical value

Movements progress

Switzerland, end of 19th.The movement pocket hours hronometer progress

Movement minute rehearsed with chronograph

Movement minute rehearsed with chronograph

The movement pocket hours "Pavel Bure"

Switzerland, 1910.
The movement pocket hours "Pavel Bure" with a chronograph. that is, bring them in good working condition, it is necessary not only completely dismantled /collect, slurred and adjust the movement, but also every detail carefully to come off special funds for special circumstances.

If we are talking about available in virtually any specialty stores models of mass production contracts. XIX – 1 – th floor. XX centuries., There are important mark of the manufacturer, the total number of hours issued by this company and the circulation of this model. No less important are the owners of the first hours, which sometimes manage to obtain, for example, from the accompanying and / or vouchers, as well as state inscriptions on the back cover or case hours.

The next step in the evaluation of antique pocket watch and is the degree of their complexity.

The most interesting movements are equipped with more than one additional devices (such as giving the lunar phases – a device built calendar; rehearsed – a special movement designed to display time using a different tone sounds and chronograph – additional movement to measure raised slots).

To assess the state of the old hours (hours as a whole or shells and movements separately) is used 4 main categories: very poor condition; poor condition; good working condition or collection (perfect) condition. In doing so, special attention is given to the possibility (and feasibility!) Repair or restoration of hours, that is, bring them in perfect condition collection by cleansing, lubricants, polishing, applying special coatings, as well as the replacement, recovery of lost or manufacture of parts (restoration will only rare specialized shops).

For example, most of the state of most of your time gathering today can be defined as working poor or very poor. And if even in the first case you can make repairs or even substantially increases the price of hours of restoration, the second clock is estimated no more than spare parts (and their gold or silver housing – as scrap): rehabilitation of hours more expensive purchase exactly the same in good condition

Hours tingle with enamel dial

Switzerland, XIX century.Dents and broken almost Dial devalued these pocket watches with winding key.In such cases,Restoration is simply not being implemented because it is very expensivehours will cost the owner: the cost of restoration in dozens of timesexceeds the market value of the same hours in good condition

Incidentally, contrary to widespread opinion, the state governmental or pocket watch (the accuracy of progress, lack of defects and malfunctions, the preservation of accompanying documents, the original case, zhiletnoy chain and, if not hours factories using crown, a winding key, etc. ) When assessing more significance than the name of metals from which they are made, as well as the size of their precious shells. According to experts, the difference in the value of the same hours (the same brand and series) in the collection and very poor condition up to 95%.
The most serious damage to the old pocket hours is considered broken enamel dial.

If the master or owner of the clock there is not exactly the same (emergency), then this defect rarely subject to corrective: the restoration of enamel clock face is very long, very difficult and very costly procedure (cost many times can exceed the market value of the hours listed in order), and is conducted only in exceptional cases.

Therefore, buy watches with broken Dial makes sense only if they have an interesting movement – with complex functions or good marks (for example, Breguet and Patek Philippe).

stitch enamel dial
Dial stitch enamel pocket hours

Switzerland, beg. XX century.Broken enamel dial pocket hours

gold pocket watches Patek Philippe

Drawing on the housing cover pocket hours

Drawing on the covers of the shell hours

Just sharply reduce the value of ancient hours dents and other traces of the shell deformations, and this is also linked to high costs for restoration. It should be borne in mind that the removal of deep scratches from the surface of the shell lids, with the figure (giloshe), posredstvomobychnoy polishing will not be able to increase the value of hours, as well as lead to the loss and drawing.

A careful reading of the state of the movement will be assessed the degree of deterioration of parts, the preservation of stones, the state of the propellers, as well as the absence of dirt, rust and traces of oxidation. At the same time restoring the lost parts of movements (even rare), as well as winding heads, arrows and ancient glass restorers hours conducted often enough, and in most cases, manufacture and installation of new, nothing different from the original, parts, is a highly desirable solution. Thus, the final evaluation of every individual or old pocket watch shall submit a set of many, not only above, but also other important aspects (eg, on the fakes), so in selecting the best hours of help experienced collector or an expert professional advice.

Konstantin Chaykin | the St. Petersburg studio time.

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