Good afternoon all, I am definitely new to this and am trying desperately to find a special gift for my son who is getting married. A pocket watch seems like a traditional gift for the new groom. I want something heirloom quality but know very little. I am even finding it difficult online to find comparables and what is considered a good quality watch worth collecting.
I have found a Hamilton 950 with a Montgomery dial in 10K gold. It runs beautifully with the gold center wheel. It is railroad grade with 23 Jewels, 6 positions and has the lever set. The seller has been in the watch business for over 19 years and assures me the parts are original. The crystal is clean and clear but the face has a hairline shadowy crack just below the 3 and a very small one in the 12. The cracks are very hard to see unless you know to look. I don't have any pics but he did give me the serial numbers 846859 in the mechanics and 9622210 from the back case.
I have found that the railroad grade is considered important and of course the original parts and condition of the piece. I know 23 Jewels is the highest (?) and is good and the Montgomery dial is less common.
The seller is asking $1300 and says it is worth $1500. I don't want to be taken and I want something my son can be proud. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks, RAF