a somewhat hypothetical question (for now)
I can borrow, so I want to get some practice in with a Seitz friction jeweling kit.
I am playing with the idea of upgrading a 7 jewel pocket watch, to 13 jewels or 15 jewels as 'practice'. The watch itself is currently being repaired, and is therefore an obvious candidate.
So, here is the real question...
Will I destroy the intrinsic value of the watch by doing this? It is not a valuable watch - probably US$3-400 at full stretch, but it is an interesting and uncommon watch from a second tier indigenous US manufacturer (circa 1900). Hence I would say it is not without a degree of historic interest.
I don't see any point in doing this to an Elgin or Waltham for example, as it would be sensible to get a better movement. However, this particular watch was never available in more than 7 jewels. On one hand, I would like to keep it, so jeweling it will help preserve it - but on the other hand, I don't much feel like being a vandal either.
(a) 'would you (as a collector) be put off a watch that had been fitted with additional jewels' and
(b) 'would it be any more acceptable if it was done in sympathy to the correct period style (i.e. brass chatons)'
Feel free to flame away...
Yes, I am being deliberately vague about the intended victim as I don't want that to be a factor