First off, understand, I am not under any assumptions that my watches are worth a great deal of money. I just felt like this guy at a local shop was a little quick on dismissing any worth at all on them and would like some more information before trying more shops for opinions. And I'm not asking for a value or anything as I understand that is not something to be done online.
My question is, is the guy at the shop I went to really looking at my watches properly to estimate their worth?
So...I have a couple old pocket watches that belonged to my great grandparents. One is an Elgin and the other is a Waltham. I looked up the dates and such online by using the serial numbers from the moving parts and found they were from 1898 and 1916 I believe. So I took them into a small shop that deals with coins/jewelry/watches and asked for approximate values.
He looked them over for a few seconds, opened them and looked at the face/hands (they are both the flip open types). Then he popped open the back cover and looked at the serial number that was on the case, not the moving parts inside, and made some mention about how many were made and that they were both common and basically worthless. He also said he had a huge box full of similar watches that were not worth much at all.
He offered me $30 for both watches.
Now, is this guy possibly trying to rip me off or could it be that he is just ignorant? Or am I the ignorant one? I was under the impression, after my online research, that the serial number on the case didn't mean anything and that only the stuff on the moving parts gave any indication of a watch date/type to determine its rarity?
Am I wrong or is he? And if he is wrong, should I head back in there and examine the insides of his box o' watches that he thinks are worthless and see if there is really some value there?