I recently bought a little pocket watch at an auction. Seems to work nicely except 1) it stops sometimes, and when shaken, goes again 2) can't seem to get to the end when winding
I took it to a jeweller to get looked at and their watchmaker quoted me $190 to fix it, and warned the fix might not be permanent and it could go back to stopping at any time. Am I likely to get a cheaper quote somewhere else or is that normal? I was thinking like maybe $50. I mean, I only paid $15 for the thing (plus a random dress ring which was in the lot with it).
How long does it normally take to wind up a pocket watch? I was winding and winding for about two hours (while watching transformers on TV) and never got to a point where there was a resistance. It happily kept click clicking away as I wound it. Eventually gave up and went to bed
Also is it likely to be worth anything? The case is made of a dark grey/brown metal, with a thin ring of copper-coloured metal around the dial, and copper-coloured hinge bits and case-opening bit (assuming that's where you jam the knife in to get the back open, ans there are some scratch marks near it), and little drops of gold (paint?) in between the hours to indicate half-hours. The watchmaker said he found a mark on the movement that indicates it's from 1860-1890. No brand name on the dial.
I really like it, as I have been wearing it on my lanyard at work so I know the time when I'm off at meetings and things (there are virtually no clocks on the walls at work, I hate wearing watches, and with the weather warming up I've taken to wearing dresses so no pockets for phone). If it does stop working (it has had correct time since I got it back from the jeweller yesterday), am I likely to find a similar antique pocket watch that has been serviced for $100 or less, and how would I go about finding one for sale, from a trustworthy source? eBay ones may or may not run well, and the only clock shop I know of in Canberra only sells new ones and they are hideously expensive (plus I like antique better anyway as they have a bit of personality).
Thanks if you can answer any of my questions. I'd love to start being a collector if I can find any more of them