Need a recommendation for a pocket watch for my father-in-law

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    Need a recommendation for a pocket watch for my father-in-law

    Can you help me?

    I'd like a watch with:

    - Mechanical movement
    - Elaborate "cover"/engraving
    - If possible, big seconds hand, but it's not mandatory
    - $200, but I can go a bit higher if needed (I don't know the prices of these)

    Just to illustrate, I'm looking for something with this style:
    http://www.watchtime24.sisco.pl/cata...tariat_col.jpg

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    Re: Need a recommendation for a pocket watch for my father-in-law

    The watch you linked to is a "Molnija", a Russian made movement of good to indifferent quality (unless you look at the really early ones, but they're more expensive). Most people would put them somewhere between a modern chinese and a typical early 20th century vintage in terms of both quality and price. Just google/eBay search "Molnija" to find lots.

    If by "Big seconds" you mean a sweep second, that's harder to find in a true pocket watch; most of the ones you do see are actually small ladies movements floating inside big cases, and lack the "heft" of a true pocket watch. Quality tends to be mid to low as well, since they're such a small movement. There <are> sweep second vintage pocket watches out there, but probably not in your price range.

    A modern Chinese based pocket watch might meet your requirements, but you pay for quality. Buy a $50 watch, and you'll get a cheap watch.

    Case material tends to be a big price factor in new pocket watches; in the $200 range, you're probably looking at thin-plate over base metal or thin steel.

    A good vintage will give you the best "bang" for your buck in terms of case and movement quality, but you'll usually want to get such a watch serviced before you use it or it'll self-destruct inside of a year. Not sure what's that's worth where you are, but watchmakers do tend to be a bit cheaper and more plentiful in South America.
    My growing collection of "affordable" vintages: http://www.abslomrob.com

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    Re: Need a recommendation for a pocket watch for my father-in-law

    Thanks for your swift response my friend.

    I'm actually looking for a "big" seconds hand and not a small one with a separate dial for seconds.

    For how much can I find a good pocket watch with sweep seconds hand (big or small) then?

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