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  1. #1

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    Confused new collecter question

    Hi all, Is ELGIN pocket watch serial no. 8189763 a good collection to a new collecter? i like to buy this on e-bay. Thank you.

  2. #2

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    Apr 2007

    Re: new collecter question

    Hi Gulldeath, Welcome to the forum.
    Going by just a serial number is really not a good
    metric for buying a watch. Someone here can give a approx age
    of the watch, but condition is a HUGE factor in buying
    vintage watches.

    If you could post pix, some one here could certainly offer some assistance.
    Sorry though, other than the advise, I cannot offer any insight into the watch.

    Best of luck with watch collecting, it is a great hobby/addiction.


  3. #3

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    Re: new collecter question

    Hi Bujumon, thanks for the advise !

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    Member Ray MacDonald's Avatar
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    Almonte ON Canada

    Re: new collecter question

    As Bujumon has already pointed out, the most important factor in any antique watch purchase is condition. Unfortunately we cannot assess that for you on the Internet.
    If the watch has been recently serviced and is running well, that is a good sign. If it's broken or not running, that is usually a very bad sign.
    Now the watch you are interested in is a possibly good contender because:
    (1) It has 17 jewels which usually means a good mid-quality watch.
    (2) It's an Elgin which means parts are usually available to fix it.
    It's not such a good contender because:
    It is a smaller 12S watch and most pocket watch collectors of 1900 era pieces want the larger 16S and 18S watches.
    If it's running well and is economically priced it's probably a good starter watch.
    Last edited by Ray MacDonald; September 4th, 2008 at 20:32.

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    Re: new collecter question

    Thanks Ray, alot information from you

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    Member Eeeb's Avatar
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    Re: new collecter question

    A collection, of any kind, has a theme. The theme should be something you like and enjoy getting more of... And one swallow does not a Spring make, nor one watch a collection.

    You could possibly collect American pocket watches that show how durable they are and which keep working in spite of poor condition... so even condition may not matter!

    Spend some time getting to know watches and then your tastes will develop. Welcome.... warning! Watch collecting can be addictive!!
    Last edited by Eeeb; September 4th, 2008 at 21:27.
    "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: new collecter question

    or the them could be "watches I like" (for whatever reason)

    That's the theme of my collection

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