I thought i would do a quick intro about myself, and then ask for any help in the task that i think befalls me.
Whilst my main thing is collecting old tinplate toys, mecanno etc I have always been fascinated by old watches and clocks, through my dads influence, as he was a clock repairer, (or so i thought just a clock repairer). I lost contact with him many many years ago when he moved to the south west of England, so didn't realise the full extent of what he did.
I have just recently inherited from him what i can only describe as a substantial amount of items, that i am dumbfounded with receiving, only a small amount being watches, but them alone being in great numbers.
1st thing is, do i or should i try and catalogue all the watch items that i have? if so, i wouldn't know what groups to put them in, apart from quartz, mechanical, pocket watches etc.
2nd what i think looks nice might be worthless and vice versa.
3rd Monetary value is not an issue here, but still would like to put in some sort of order, if i did want to sell some items, or indeed leave them to my sons.
To give you an idea of what i have received is as follows. (just what i think is Watch Related)
at least 400 mechanical Watches, 150 odd complete with straps, the rest just movements, (a lot of Ladies ones).
probably 200 quartz watches. Ranging from Casio to what i assume is just a Ninetendo Super Mario Bros Novelty game watch.
10 Russian marked mechanical watches. ((mainly Sekonda,) (didn't Know Sekonda were Russian?)) Boctok, Sportnivie, Paketa, etc
20 pocket watches.
100's and 100's of pocket watch parts, dials, parts of movements etc.
Then trays upon trays, Tins and boxes of tiny watch parts ((wouldn't like to guesstimate quantity, but in the high 1000's of individual items,) (6000 plus ?)).
Boxes of watch glasses. (100's).
100's of watchmakers tools.
Lots of old watch related books.
What i think are watchmakers lathes parts? brass wheels with handles, small wooden mounted brass turns etc.
Plus items i wouldn't know how to describe.
As there is so much stuff here, if you want I can put pictures up, if you point me in the direction of what to put on.
Looking round the forums, i can recognize certain names such as Oris, Medana, Lectro, Rotary (Lots of Rotary Movements and complete Ladies watches), Chancellor, kienzle, Roma, Amito, Anker, Tegrov, Delvina, Tenor, Services just to name a few.
I know its a big ask of your time etc, but i would be grateful in any help as to sorting this out, even if its to say its all what I've already Google'd
and most of it is what i keep on finding as " Steam Punk"