I was cleaning earlier and came across two pocket watches that were left to me when my Grandfathers died. I was courious if they had any value and was told that it was OK to ask questions of this nature on this forum.
The older larger watch actually belonged to my great-great-grandfather, and I am told it was purchased in the 1800's. The only markings on it read "Elgin Nat'l. Watch Co." I rember seeing it run when I was a kid (In the 60's) but it only runs now if you hold the key. I had a friend who knows watches look at it and he told me it had a damaged jewel.
The other smaller watch belonged to my other Grandfather and I do not know when or where he got it. He was and Indiana farmer who was in France and Germany in WWII and since it has foreign language writing on it, he may have brought it back with him from there. It runs, but has a cracked crystal. The Box has "Juwelier Eugen Schwabe - Apolda Brauhof, Ecke Goldgape" on the lid, and inside the rear cover "Cylindre 10 Rubis" is engraved.
Any information about these watches or their value would be appreciated.