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    [vintage] worth selling or keeping?

    Hello!

    I recently inherited some watches and after I sent them to be services I am wondering if I should keep them or sell them. I cannot find (asked my friend google) some prices for these four watches as the servicing costed me ~100$+.

    I have only the watch head, without straps and dunno if it is worth investing another 100$ in straps.

    My questions are:
    a) what are their names (model names/number)?
    b) how much does every one worth($) if I were to sell them?

    Thank you!

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    Re: [vintage] worth selling or keeping?

    The UG is definitely worth servicing and keeping. They're quality pieces, very collectible at the moment, and yours looks like it might be a solid gold case rather than plated.

    Doxa are a well known brand and the watch is in good condition too so that's a nice one to have.

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    Re: [vintage] worth selling or keeping?

    Quote Originally Posted by duculetu View Post
    Thank you for your swift response. Yes, I can confirm that the UG is solid gold (as I was told but didn't verify). Still 'am curious what models I have and how much I can get per piece.
    Valuations aren't actually allowed according to forum rules - And would be impossible anyway, without seeing the condition of the movements. Try looking at ebay, and filter so that you the prices that similar watches sold for.
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    Re: [vintage] worth selling or keeping?

    Also watches back then often didn't have names or model numbers, so you'd have to know what movements are in them to distinguish them from other watches of the same brand..if that makes sense.

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    Re: [vintage] worth selling or keeping?

    Many models from that era didn't have specific model names or numbers, so except for the Worldmaster, I don't expect you will find any specific model names.

    Do some research using the Advanced Search of eBay to look at selling prices of similar watches. That's how I would determine a value, and you can do it just as easily. Be sure to focus on items that actually sold, not asking prices.

    That said, the only one with really significant monetary value is the Universal Geneve, and it is worth much more than the other three combined.
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    Re: [vintage] worth selling or keeping?

    Ok, my bad if it seemed that I wanted to break any forum rule. I just wanted a direction and you guys have given me. You are right and it makes sense to look at the movement but I didn't opened them and I am afraid of scratching them. I know the procedure though :)

    I'll invest more in online search after i have the calibre number, thank you.

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    Re: [vintage] worth selling or keeping?

    I like the Atlantic, these have a good size case at around 37mm, most use a Unitas movement but I don't know which one. I believe the logo with the lower case 'a' came in around late 1959 so your watch is going to be from the 1960s. IMO it would look great on a brown leather strap!
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    Re: [vintage] worth selling or keeping?

    The Worldmaster is from the early 1960s- that Atlantic logo was introduced in 1960, and the dial still has radium lume (no T markings visible, at least...). IMO, if you have inherited them- they're keepers. The Atlantic has another thing to it, which makes it a keeper- they had really nicely finished and adjusted (min. 2 adjustments) generic movements.

    The Doxa dates to 1955 or 1965, depending on what is the first digit of the 7-digit number on the case back- a 5 or a 6? My bet would be 1965.

    The Pobeda is not very old, only it's very heavily battered.
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    Re: [vintage] worth selling or keeping?

    I managed to open 3 out of 4 (the Atlantic seems to have screwed back not pressure applied like the other three)

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    I would like to know as much as possible about them. At home I have a 10$ watchtool that might help me open the Atlantic. If needed I can post more picture with any aspect that you think is relevant.

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