I just picked this up at a local store among a litter of cheap, non-vintage watches. However, while I know nothing about vintage pocket watches, this one stood out (the weight alone) and I very much liked the look of it. The watch runs, but does tend to stop depending on the angle it is held. I assume that it needs some TLC considering its age.
The watch has very subtle engraving on the back but no monogram or anything else suggesting that this was a personalized design. The watch has several small hairline cracks on the dial stretching from about 2 hrs to about 3 hrs, although I read that this is not uncommon w/a railroad watch as this one. The chain appears gold filled based on the information on the chain.
After opening the back, I realized that this is a Hamilton 940 and as per the SN, it was made around 1912. Since I got the watch on the cheap, I'd like to put some money into it and have some questions, hoping that some of you may be able to answer it:
First of all, where I could send the watch for a good cleaning and overhaul?
I'd like to replace the plastic crystal w/a glass one as I assume it had glass originally but over time it got replaced. Is that a feasible option? If so, where can I get the crystal?
Are the minute graduation on the dial something special? Most of the 940's that I looked up through the browser do not have those graduations.
Is the chain original or did someone slap that on afterwards?
Is the engraving original to the watch or did the back of the watch come from somewhere else (what do the numbers on the inside of the back lid mean as they do not match the serial number on the watch)
What is the value of an +100 year old pocket watch after I have it cleaned up, working like new w/a replaced crystal and with and without a replaced dial (I don't think that I will replace the dial, unless there is a source for originals ones at a decent price, thus a quote from someone in the know would be helpful if this is an expense I want to dive into).
Is there anything else that I should know about the watch? Id like to keep the watch as it would be a nice heirloom to hand down to one of the kids.