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    Looking for my first pocket watch, opinions requested!

    Ive never owned a pocket watch, but I'd like to get one and try it out. Something very nostalgic about a pocket watch that I'm attracted to.

    Looking for something that is mechanical, clean dial and preferably has day/date. Silver case would be nice, as well as $200 and under for this one.

    Also, would like it to be new, not vintage.

    Your opinions are greatly appreciated.


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    Re: Looking for my first pocket watch, opinions requested!

    Quote Originally Posted by ViperGuy View Post
    Ive never owned a pocket watch, but I'd like to get one and try it out. Something very nostalgic about a pocket watch that I'm attracted to.

    Looking for something that is mechanical, clean dial and preferably has day/date. Silver case would be nice, as well as $200 and under for this one.

    Also, would like it to be new, not vintage.

    Your opinions are greatly appreciated.


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    New... ooohhh... well, OK. At that price for new you are stuck with pocket watches made in China... just like that price for wrist watches. Most will be quartz. I confess I don't know much about that end of the market.

    Now, if I were to relax that constraint, I'd get a low jeweled count American like Waltham or Elgin and get it serviced so it keeps running. You can do that for $200.

    Darn few pocket watches have day/date. Some of the Chinese might...

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

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    Re: Looking for my first pocket watch, opinions requested!

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    New... ooohhh... well, OK. At that price for new you are stuck with pocket watches made in China... just like that price for wrist watches. Most will be quartz. I confess I don't know much about that end of the market.

    Now, if I were to relax that constraint, I'd get a low jeweled count American like Waltham or Elgin and get it serviced so it keeps running. You can do that for $200.

    Darn few pocket watches have day/date. Some of the Chinese might...

    Sent while watching the Tonight Show.


    I don't know much about pocket watches, so you'll have to excuse my ignorance. I didn't realize that most of them don't have a day/date. That's perfectly OK.

    OK, let's say new, between $200 and $500. What are my options then? I'm perfectly OK with a Chinese PW, as I have tons of Chinese watches already that work amazingly well.



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    Re: Looking for my first pocket watch, opinions requested!

    One of this site's sponsors is Long Island Watch. They carry Chinese movement pocket watches within your budget.

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    Re: Looking for my first pocket watch, opinions requested!

    Quote Originally Posted by ViperGuy View Post
    I don't know much about pocket watches, so you'll have to excuse my ignorance. I didn't realize that most of them don't have a day/date. That's perfectly OK.

    OK, let's say new, between $200 and $500. What are my options then? I'm perfectly OK with a Chinese PW, as I have tons of Chinese watches already that work amazingly well.



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    I got NO idea what a "burnout" is - but I hope you survived
    For $200 you can get easily an OK but common American rold gold pocket watch from Elgin/Waltham
    For $500 you will get a very nice piece, with a good choice of size and styles.
    I have personally sold 3or 4 nice pcs for around $150 to $200

    Do an advanced search on ebay
    Click also completed listings (so you get an idea what prices are about)
    ALSO
    Change to WW.
    Search
    You will find a lot of very nice pocket watches.

    Feel free to ask advice here.
    any issue PM me and I can help

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    Re: Looking for my first pocket watch, opinions requested!

    Thanks guys/gals. I'll start with these suggestions and see what I can come up with.

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    Re: Looking for my first pocket watch, opinions requested!

    Quote Originally Posted by ViperGuy View Post
    Thanks guys/gals. I'll start with these suggestions and see what I can come up with.

    Sent while doing a burnout.
    I assume a burn out is associated with rapid acceleration of an automobile from a standing start... much noise and smoke from the tires. I used to have a GTO convertible that did them so well when I did them in front of my parents house it embarrassed my mother ... the entire neighborhood would look out LOL
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    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "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: Looking for my first pocket watch, opinions requested!

    I agree with others that a vintage American pocket watch is the way to go. Many with enamel dials will be very clean. A nickel case will look silver and be cheaper than "coin silver", and will tarnish less. Sterling silver cases don't seem that common. Gold-filled (aka rolled gold) will also be fairly cheap. Elgin and Waltham won't be as expensive as Hamilton, because the latter has current brand value, but they are just as good.

    Something with 15 or 17 jewels will put you in the middle of the quality range, and provide a good balance between price and quality. These frequently sell for less than a hundred dollars in running condition. Then, have it serviced.

    You'll end up with a watch of far better quality than anything new at that price point.

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