Hi Folks, my question relates specifically [for me] to American pocket watches from say 1890 to 1960 but probably includes all watches that would be considered 'collectible'.
I see many parts for sale and I wonder 1) how can you tell if a watch has had parts replaced [covers, crystal, hands and movement]? And, 2) how does this affect the value as a collectible watch? How can a buyer tell if a watch is original or has some/lots of parts replaced? Or perhaps this isn't an issue?
I'm new to this and while I have browsed the forums here I have not run across a thread about this. If there is, please point the way. If there are good resources on the 'net I'd love to know.