I stumbled across this site whilst trying to do some research on a watch "hand me down". The story, for those who are interested , goes like this.
My partner's Grandmother gave her a watch a few years ago. Up until now it has just been kept in a drawer and locked away from the outside world. Anyway, lately we have been a bit on the short side with cash so the obvious thing to do was to take it to a "we buy gold" shop and get some cash for it. We were expecting a few hundred pounds for the scrap value but something that one of the dealers who we took it to said got us wondering whether there was more value to selling it as a watch. The thing is that the watch has a certain amount of sentimental value and the thought of keeping it as a working watch and not scrapping it is actually quite appealing.
The dealer suggested that the watch may be quite collectable but said he would only offer the scrap value for it becuase he didn't deal in 2nd hand watches. It is 18 carat gold.
My questions to you, hopefully very knowledgeable people, are:
Can anyone shed any light on whether the watch is at all collectable or would we be as well taking the scrap gold value and leaving it at that?
If we can keep it as a working watch, would we better taking it to a jeweller or an antique place?
I've attached pictures below to try and help. Apologies for the quality.
Any help, or even the slightest bit of light shed, would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance .