I haven't bought any watches for 6 or 7 years, not even a look on ebay so just thought I'd see which way prices have gone. Well from what I can tell with the 3 pocket watches I bought last week on the bay the answer is down. The first watch I stumbled on was this oversized pocket watch so I decided I'd try and save it from the scrappers, very little interest from other bidders so I got it cheap.
The good: It's big, early steam train engraved on the back, coin silver and hallmarked case, perfect crystal, the movement runs great after a good clean / oil and some minor adjustments to the balance and the crown really looks like a crown. This was made for the Ottoman territories I thinking in the late 1800's so really cool dial hairlines and all.
The not so good: Well the dial hairlines, I was thinking to try and soak them out but am not keen on the idea of fading the dial. Also the hairlines when you have the watch in hand look appropriate to me like wrinkles on an old mans face. The gold leaf band around the outside of the dial is half gone. The original hands have lost some of there length maybe on that long camel ride to Constantinople. Some minor solder repairs to the bezel.
What I know: The movement plate measures 58mm so around 34s by American standards. The makers name Emile Droz registered hallmarks in Switzerland in 1894, 1895 and 1896 as a dial and watch maker. The movement is lever escapement 15 jewels and I'm sure made in Switzerland. If anyone knows more please do tell.
I've added a 16s Hamilton next to the Droz to give you an idea of scale.