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    Need help identifying this watch.

    Hi, Im totally new to this. I found a watch in my attic and I've been poking around the internet to see if I can find any information bout it. After looking around I havent really found anything useful. On the inside of the cover it says "4606 34" and above it, it says "14K". On the movement it just says "Avance Retard". I have no idea where this watch is from, what time period or anything. I looked around and found similar watches to it and they were Swiss. If anyone could give me some more information on this watch and an estimate or anything, I'd really appreciate it. Thank You.

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    http://i26.tinypic.com/sxnms6.jpg

    http://i29.tinypic.com/ehg5mx.jpg

    http://i27.tinypic.com/oqloc9.jpg

    http://i30.tinypic.com/14xnn5s.jpg

    http://i25.tinypic.com/29zx5hl.jpg
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    It's a pocket watch with a 3 finger bridge design

    which places it as made in Switzerland from 1850s to 1910s Couldn't see any case markings in the photos but from what you say, it is a 14K solid gold case Looks like a 15J pallet fork design (hard to see in the photos provided) which marks it as a high end watch for that era Going to be impossible to come up with more specific info without further markings on the case and/or movement I'm not a pocket watch collector, but you've got a nice one there.

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    Re: Need help identifying this watch.

    That particular bridge style movement is often called "LeLocle," and it was popular from approx. 1885 to 1900. The hands are an Art Nouveau style I've seen around 1890-1900, so I'd say your watch probably dates from the late 19th century.
    It is indeed Swiss, 15 jewel so it's a pretty nice movement for that time. The case is gold as you know and is a hunter style.
    Very nice find if you got it in the attic.

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    Re: Need help identifying this watch.

    Thank you so much for the information. I really appreciate it. I dont know if its possible if someone could give me a rough estimate on how much this watch would be worth if I were to sell it. Funny thing, I dont know if this is common among old watches but i wound it up and it still actually works. Keeps time perfectly. Also if someone could help me out with how to get it properly evaluated, and a safe way to sell it. I don't like dealing with internet auction sites so I was wondering if theres any store I can take it to or something of that nature that would buy it. I live in New York City if that helps. Once again, thank you for the help guys.
    Last edited by Supercowcanfly; February 19th, 2008 at 04:59.

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    Re: Need help identifying this watch.

    You should read the stickies here !

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    Re: Need help identifying this watch.

    Two things:
    (1) Don't wind and run the watch without having it cleaned and serviced. If you intend to sell it, you will have to tell the buyer it needs servicing. Running it dry will destroy the movement.
    (2) We don't give out valuations here. Read our sticky notes for reasons why. In New York there should be lots of antique watch shops. You could try one of those for an estimate. The gold case will have some intrinsic value. Also check eBay for past sales of watches like this.
    Although you have a nice piece, I wouldn't say it's particularly rare or expensive on the market.

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    Re: Need help identifying this watch.

    Try Ron Gordon Watches -- he's on Madison around 43rd street.
    www.rongordonwatches.com

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