With my second installment from our frequently asked questions I would like to address another issue that comes up quite often;
- How much is my vintage timepiece worth?
There are many reasons we are asked this question. Some of the timepieces are inherited. Some are gifts. Some are great finds at pawnshops. To be honest with you, it is not a question that is easily answered online for a couple of reasons. First, we do not specialize in vintage watches. While some of our watch experts have some experience with pre-owned timepieces, vintage watches is a field of expertise that is quite different from contemporary pre-owned watches. Second, estimation of value is something that needs to be done in person. In order to give an accurate valuation, an appraiser must be able to look at more than just pictures of a timepiece.
Your best bet at determining value is going to be to find a local appraiser experienced with vintage timepieces. If you do not have someone local, you may want to contact an organization like the American Society of Appraisers. They should be able to direct you to a qualified individual in your area. You can also contact one of the major auction houses such as Christies or Sothebys. Another good resource can be the online watch forums like WatchUSeek and Time Zone. You may need to register but once that is done you can post questions on the appropriate forum.
Just remember, that despite what the actual monetary value of your timepiece, you are holding a piece of watchmaking and personal history that can still be enjoyed for many years to come.