Decent antique pocket watch <£100 that i can wear
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    Decent antique pocket watch <£100 that i can wear

    Hello! I am looking for a decent antique pocket watch for less then £100 that i can wear everyday without fear of breaking it, i've settled on an Elgin, but i would love to hear your recommendations as well.

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    Re: Decent antique pocket watch <£100 that i can wear

    You are buying at a price point where condition is everything. Don't worry about brand. Worry about condition. And make sure it runs. A good service will cost more than the watch.
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    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Decent antique pocket watch <£100 that i can wear

    Quote Originally Posted by ContemporaryVictorian View Post
    Hello! I am looking for a decent antique pocket watch for less then £100 that i can wear everyday without fear of breaking it, i've settled on an Elgin, but i would love to hear your recommendations as well.
    Hamilton 12S, best for business man


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    Re: Decent antique pocket watch <£100 that i can wear

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    You are buying at a price point where condition is everything. Don't worry about brand. Worry about condition. And make sure it runs. A good service will cost more than the watch.
    Seller claims it is running and keeping decent time for its age, case looks like it could do with being polished (nickel case), the movement doesn't score that much on pocket watch database, not even railroad grade, but its not-railroad grade or nothing, i am not rich.

    Beautiful watch all round though, 18s chunky, blue hands.

    And i will not be linking any ebay links because i know what can happen.

    And most watches at this price point are worn out anyway, some even with chipped dials.

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    Re: Decent antique pocket watch <£100 that i can wear

    Quote Originally Posted by jdrichard01 View Post
    Hamilton 12S, best for business man


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    I could only find one on ebay, it was £800, way out of my budget.
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    Re: Decent antique pocket watch <£100 that i can wear

    The best thing for you to do is to look around your area and find a watchmaker (not a jewelry store or a mall battery change place but a place that fixes watches). Odds are he or she will have a selection of vintage watches(including pocket watches) for sale.

    If you buy a watch from them then it is already serviced and has a warranty. This means that you get a watch that is serviced and ready to use for not much more then your budget.

    If you buy a watch online consider it needing a service even if seller claims it is serviced unless there is a paper trail showing it was serviced.

    Most pocket watches are sold by folks that bought them from estate sales and have no service history on them or by a descendant of the original owner of the watch. While having a watch that came from the original owners family is great, it also means it needs to be serviced too. Most of the ads I have come across state this watch was the seller's granddad and that the watch has not been used since 1930.
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