Unmarked Pocket Watch Help

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    Unmarked Pocket Watch Help

    This is my dads old pocket watch it was working great but apparantly the spring is broken now. I was Wondering if anyone could give me imformation about this pocket watch and if it is worth the money to replace the spring. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: Unmarked Pocket Watch Help

    It is a pretty old watch, probably dating from the middle to late 1800s. Finding a watchmaker who will work on it will be difficult. If you intend to sell the watch, the repair costs will exceed the sale price. But maintaining an heirloom is usually not an economic decision.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

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    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

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    Re: Unmarked Pocket Watch Help

    Unless you're very very old, that's actually your grandfathers or great grandfathers watch; you're probably talking close to 150 years old. Quality seems very high too. It wouldn't surprise me if the endstone there is diamond. As Eeeb says, it'll be tricky to repair because there aren't a lot of people with the skill and experience, but its that's only going to get worse the longer you wait as those with the skills pass on. The value of these will continue to grow as the number of working examples decrease, so its better to get it fixed now and store (or display) it in working order then to wait. I don't recommend trying to sell it; the small amount of money you get will just magnify your regret in the future.
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    Re: Unmarked Pocket Watch Help

    Does anyone Know of a Someone Skilled Enough to Repair this watch?

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    Re: Unmarked Pocket Watch Help

    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasPink View Post
    Does anyone Know of a Someone Skilled Enough to Repair this watch?
    You'll (hopefully) get more response if you amend your profile to show which country you live in.
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    Re: Unmarked Pocket Watch Help

    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasPink View Post
    Does anyone Know of a Someone Skilled Enough to Repair this watch?
    Hopefully some others will chime in.... but there is an Omega AD in the Boston area who has legendary skills. Since I don't live there anymore I have no need for the name and have forgotten it... oh well. I suspect they may not take the watch but would be a good source of advice and counsel... like us!
    "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: Unmarked Pocket Watch Help

    Looks very similar to a movement I have marked Wm. Robinson Liverpool

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