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    Idea of Value

    Anyone see one of these before? Idea of value?
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    Re: Idea of Value

    No idea but it is awesome!

    Hmm... If the parts were new when they were put in the case, could you make a working watch out of them?
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    Re: Idea of Value

    These were factory displays made for dealers to sell the watches.

    They don't come up for sale too terribly often, and are fairly desirable. They're certainly an interesting piece for a Waltham collector-or any PW collector-to have. Since it's my understanding that value discussions are verboten, I will send you a PM with what I estimate the value to be.
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    Re: Idea of Value

    I saw a show in MoMA, NYC last year, a guy takes computer component apart and lay them out with glue gun as such. It is consider Modern Art.
    This is should belong to Museum.

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    Re: Idea of Value

    By the way-as far as making a complete watch out of them:

    While all of the necessary parts are present, it would be difficult to put it together and have a running watch without access to factory machinery. It would take a fairly skilled watchmaker to do so. Notice, for example, that the balance doesn't appear to have been cut yet-getting the temperature compensation correct would be difficult unless you just happen to find a watchmaker familiar with making split bimetallic balances from scratch.

    The short answer is that it's worth more as a display than it as as a complete model 1899 Riverside(not an uncommon watch).

    By the way-for the OP-Do the plates have a serial number on them? On 1899 models, it's normally located above the well for the large winding wheel on the mainspring barrel bridge right above where it says "5 positions." It's always been my impression that these were made from un-numbered stock.
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    Re: Idea of Value

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_hutcherson View Post
    By the way-as far as making a complete watch out of them:

    While all of the necessary parts are present, it would be difficult to put it together and have a running watch without access to factory machinery. It would take a fairly skilled watchmaker to do so. Notice, for example, that the balance doesn't appear to have been cut yet-getting the temperature compensation correct would be difficult unless you just happen to find a watchmaker familiar with making split bimetallic balances from scratch.

    The short answer is that it's worth more as a display than it as as a complete model 1899 Riverside(not an uncommon watch).

    By the way-for the OP-Do the plates have a serial number on them? On 1899 models, it's normally located above the well for the large winding wheel on the mainspring barrel bridge right above where it says "5 positions." It's always been my impression that these were made from un-numbered stock.
    Wow, this guy knows his stuff. Pretty intense knowledge off the cuff

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    Re: Idea of Value

    wow, thanks for all the feedback, I read the PM, in line with what I was thinking but it would be nice to find a collector the must have it. The case has writing on it but no serial number that i can see.
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    Omega Aqua Terra 42mm White 8500 (sold)
    Omega Aqua Terra Chrono White (sold)
    Omega Planet Ocean 42MM 2500 (sold)
    BaliHa'i GMT (sold)

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