• OT: Watch expert

    From bitrex@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jan 27 19:24:23 2022
    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from her
    last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss (Girard Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might have been
    her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals on
    old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and said
    "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back likely
    being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver.

    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second opinion.
    Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they might have an
    actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community
    who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

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  • From Lasse Langwadt Christensen@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jan 27 16:31:40 2022
    fredag den 28. januar 2022 kl. 01.24.30 UTC+1 skrev bitrex:
    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from her
    last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss (Girard Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might have been
    her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals on
    old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and said
    "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back likely
    being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver.

    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second opinion.
    Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they might have an
    actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community
    who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

    it's a fancy Swiss brand, I sure google can tell you more, maybe try google images to find the model

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  • From John Larkin@21:1/5 to bitrex on Thu Jan 27 16:45:59 2022
    On Thu, 27 Jan 2022 19:24:23 -0500, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from her
    last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss (Girard >Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might have been
    her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals on
    old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and said
    "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back likely
    being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver.

    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second opinion.
    Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they might have an
    actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community
    who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

    A magnet can wreck a mechanical watch. But they can be demagnetized.

    --

    If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end with doubts,
    but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. Francis Bacon

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  • From bitrex@21:1/5 to John Larkin on Thu Jan 27 19:54:03 2022
    On 1/27/2022 7:45 PM, John Larkin wrote:
    On Thu, 27 Jan 2022 19:24:23 -0500, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from her
    last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss (Girard
    Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might have been
    her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals on
    old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and said
    "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back likely
    being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver.

    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second opinion.
    Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they might have an
    actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community
    who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

    A magnet can wreck a mechanical watch. But they can be demagnetized.


    Hope not, but the magnet was very tiny. The mechanism may not be in
    great shape to begin with I expect it hasn't run in decades.

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  • From bitrex@21:1/5 to Lasse Langwadt Christensen on Thu Jan 27 19:57:55 2022
    On 1/27/2022 7:31 PM, Lasse Langwadt Christensen wrote:
    fredag den 28. januar 2022 kl. 01.24.30 UTC+1 skrev bitrex:
    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from her
    last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss (Girard
    Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might have been
    her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals on
    old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and said
    "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back likely
    being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver.

    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second opinion.
    Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they might have an
    actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community
    who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

    it's a fancy Swiss brand, I sure google can tell you more, maybe try google images to find the model

    No luck so far, I can only find vaguely similar models:

    <https://imgur.com/a/MAoifTg>

    Only markings are "8477A" stamped on the back, and a tiny "20" by the crown:

    <https://imgur.com/a/ZkqpO4q>

    I don't expect it's worth a huge amount, more curious as to how old it
    is and who was buying my mother or grandmother Swiss watches, if it's
    genuine. 50s or 60s, maybe.

    They weren't really the fancy Swiss watch-type I doubt they'd have
    bought it for themselves...

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  • From bitrex@21:1/5 to bitrex on Thu Jan 27 19:28:49 2022
    On 1/27/2022 7:24 PM, bitrex wrote:
    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from her
    last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss (Girard Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might have been
    her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    Oops, my grandmother's to be clear, not her grandmother's which would be
    pretty old!

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  • From bitrex@21:1/5 to Lasse Langwadt Christensen on Thu Jan 27 20:55:54 2022
    On 1/27/2022 8:16 PM, Lasse Langwadt Christensen wrote:
    fredag den 28. januar 2022 kl. 01.58.02 UTC+1 skrev bitrex:
    On 1/27/2022 7:31 PM, Lasse Langwadt Christensen wrote:
    fredag den 28. januar 2022 kl. 01.24.30 UTC+1 skrev bitrex:
    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from her >>>> last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss (Girard >>>> Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might have been
    her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals on >>>> old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and said >>>> "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back likely
    being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver.

    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second opinion. >>>> Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they might have an >>>> actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community >>>> who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

    it's a fancy Swiss brand, I sure google can tell you more, maybe try google images to find the model
    No luck so far, I can only find vaguely similar models:

    <https://imgur.com/a/MAoifTg>

    Only markings are "8477A" stamped on the back, and a tiny "20" by the crown: >>
    <https://imgur.com/a/ZkqpO4q>

    I don't expect it's worth a huge amount, more curious as to how old it
    is and who was buying my mother or grandmother Swiss watches, if it's
    genuine. 50s or 60s, maybe.

    They weren't really the fancy Swiss watch-type I doubt they'd have
    bought it for themselves...


    https://www.catawiki.com/en/l/9177987-for-collectors-girard-perregaux-women-s-watch-oval-1945-1950

    ?

    Interesting, yeah that looks quite a bit like it.

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  • From Lasse Langwadt Christensen@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jan 27 17:16:43 2022
    fredag den 28. januar 2022 kl. 01.58.02 UTC+1 skrev bitrex:
    On 1/27/2022 7:31 PM, Lasse Langwadt Christensen wrote:
    fredag den 28. januar 2022 kl. 01.24.30 UTC+1 skrev bitrex:
    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from her
    last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss (Girard
    Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might have been
    her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals on
    old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and said
    "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back likely
    being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver.

    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second opinion.
    Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they might have an
    actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community
    who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

    it's a fancy Swiss brand, I sure google can tell you more, maybe try google images to find the model
    No luck so far, I can only find vaguely similar models:

    <https://imgur.com/a/MAoifTg>

    Only markings are "8477A" stamped on the back, and a tiny "20" by the crown:

    <https://imgur.com/a/ZkqpO4q>

    I don't expect it's worth a huge amount, more curious as to how old it
    is and who was buying my mother or grandmother Swiss watches, if it's genuine. 50s or 60s, maybe.

    They weren't really the fancy Swiss watch-type I doubt they'd have
    bought it for themselves...


    https://www.catawiki.com/en/l/9177987-for-collectors-girard-perregaux-women-s-watch-oval-1945-1950

    ?

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  • From bitrex@21:1/5 to Lasse Langwadt Christensen on Thu Jan 27 21:10:22 2022
    On 1/27/2022 8:16 PM, Lasse Langwadt Christensen wrote:
    fredag den 28. januar 2022 kl. 01.58.02 UTC+1 skrev bitrex:
    On 1/27/2022 7:31 PM, Lasse Langwadt Christensen wrote:
    fredag den 28. januar 2022 kl. 01.24.30 UTC+1 skrev bitrex:
    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from her >>>> last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss (Girard >>>> Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might have been
    her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals on >>>> old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and said >>>> "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back likely
    being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver.

    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second opinion. >>>> Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they might have an >>>> actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community >>>> who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

    it's a fancy Swiss brand, I sure google can tell you more, maybe try google images to find the model
    No luck so far, I can only find vaguely similar models:

    <https://imgur.com/a/MAoifTg>

    Only markings are "8477A" stamped on the back, and a tiny "20" by the crown: >>
    <https://imgur.com/a/ZkqpO4q>

    I don't expect it's worth a huge amount, more curious as to how old it
    is and who was buying my mother or grandmother Swiss watches, if it's
    genuine. 50s or 60s, maybe.

    They weren't really the fancy Swiss watch-type I doubt they'd have
    bought it for themselves...


    https://www.catawiki.com/en/l/9177987-for-collectors-girard-perregaux-women-s-watch-oval-1945-1950

    ?

    On that one the band isn't original but on my mother's watch it's
    probably original. But the backplate on that one looks original while
    the plate on my mother's looks like a replacement, maybe?

    Seems odd of the manufacturer to not put any markings on the plate other
    than a serial number.

    But the "20" by the crown means 20 micron rolled gold, perhaps, like
    that example. Weird.

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  • From Tom Gardner@21:1/5 to bitrex on Fri Jan 28 10:07:04 2022
    On 28/01/22 00:24, bitrex wrote:
    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from her last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss (Girard Perregaux on
    the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might have been her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals on old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and said "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back likely being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver.

    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second opinion. Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they might have an actual expert
    in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

    An auction house will have valuers.

    Some auction houses will give an initial value if you send
    them decent photos.

    Try to use an auction house that has dedicated watch,
    barometer, instruments sales.

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  • From bitrex@21:1/5 to Tom Gardner on Fri Jan 28 05:32:34 2022
    On 1/28/2022 5:07 AM, Tom Gardner wrote:
    On 28/01/22 00:24, bitrex wrote:
    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from
    her last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss
    (Girard Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might
    have been her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals
    on old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and
    said "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back
    likely being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver.

    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second
    opinion. Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they
    might have an actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community
    who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

    An auction house will have valuers.

    Some auction houses will give an initial value if you send
    them decent photos.

    Try to use an auction house that has dedicated watch,
    barometer, instruments sales.

    Ya it's not really an appropriate task for a local jeweler, if they
    don't see a karat hallmark on it immediately they're not interested no
    matter how old it is, they're not historians.

    They also size me up as not a person who's going to drop 5k on a watch
    or diamond band today, and they'd be right, the stuff has never held
    much interest for me. And I expect my girlfriend would turn her nose up
    if I ever bought her something from De Beers, like what'd you buy me
    these blood-diamonds for.

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  • From ABLE1@21:1/5 to bitrex on Fri Jan 28 08:02:20 2022
    On 1/27/2022 7:24 PM, bitrex wrote:
    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from her
    last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss (Girard Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might have been
    her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals on
    old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and said
    "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back likely
    being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver.

    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second opinion.
    Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they might have an
    actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community
    who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)


    Don't know but try this!!

    https://www.nawcc.org

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  • From legg@21:1/5 to bitrex on Fri Jan 28 08:58:53 2022
    On Thu, 27 Jan 2022 19:24:23 -0500, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from her
    last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss (Girard >Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might have been
    her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals on
    old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and said
    "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back likely
    being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver.

    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second opinion.
    Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they might have an
    actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community
    who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

    A jeweller's appraisal is usually <30% of resale, or gross weight of
    raw matl. Few can repair a watch these days - they get shipped off
    to someone who can, at a mark-up for the service. I'm not sure I'd
    trust most places to simply clean one.

    Unless rare, unelaborate watches in base metal are cannibalized to
    keep watches in fancier cases (with better resale value) running.
    I've seen really old cases retrofitted with battery-operated junk
    innards.

    If it's not a boat anchor, what's the harm in keeping it as a memento?

    RL

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  • From jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com@21:1/5 to bitrex on Fri Jan 28 08:03:41 2022
    On Fri, 28 Jan 2022 05:32:34 -0500, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    On 1/28/2022 5:07 AM, Tom Gardner wrote:
    On 28/01/22 00:24, bitrex wrote:
    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from
    her last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss
    (Girard Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might
    have been her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals
    on old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and
    said "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back
    likely being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver.

    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second
    opinion. Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they
    might have an actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community
    who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

    An auction house will have valuers.

    Some auction houses will give an initial value if you send
    them decent photos.

    Try to use an auction house that has dedicated watch,
    barometer, instruments sales.

    Ya it's not really an appropriate task for a local jeweler, if they
    don't see a karat hallmark on it immediately they're not interested no
    matter how old it is, they're not historians.

    They also size me up as not a person who's going to drop 5k on a watch
    or diamond band today, and they'd be right, the stuff has never held
    much interest for me. And I expect my girlfriend would turn her nose up
    if I ever bought her something from De Beers, like what'd you buy me
    these blood-diamonds for.

    Your granny's watch is only good for how much you can sell it for.



    --

    I yam what I yam - Popeye

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  • From bitrex@21:1/5 to jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com on Fri Jan 28 11:30:58 2022
    On 1/28/2022 11:03 AM, jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:
    On Fri, 28 Jan 2022 05:32:34 -0500, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    On 1/28/2022 5:07 AM, Tom Gardner wrote:
    On 28/01/22 00:24, bitrex wrote:
    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from
    her last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss
    (Girard Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might
    have been her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals
    on old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and
    said "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back
    likely being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver.

    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second
    opinion. Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they
    might have an actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community >>>> who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

    An auction house will have valuers.

    Some auction houses will give an initial value if you send
    them decent photos.

    Try to use an auction house that has dedicated watch,
    barometer, instruments sales.

    Ya it's not really an appropriate task for a local jeweler, if they
    don't see a karat hallmark on it immediately they're not interested no
    matter how old it is, they're not historians.

    They also size me up as not a person who's going to drop 5k on a watch
    or diamond band today, and they'd be right, the stuff has never held
    much interest for me. And I expect my girlfriend would turn her nose up
    if I ever bought her something from De Beers, like what'd you buy me
    these blood-diamonds for.

    Your granny's watch is only good for how much you can sell it for.



    Hey have you heard this one? "My girlfriend asked me to take her
    somewhere expensive. So I took her to the lumberyard..."

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  • From bitrex@21:1/5 to legg on Fri Jan 28 11:38:30 2022
    On 1/28/2022 8:58 AM, legg wrote:
    On Thu, 27 Jan 2022 19:24:23 -0500, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from her
    last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss (Girard
    Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might have been
    her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals on
    old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and said
    "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back likely
    being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver.

    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second opinion.
    Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they might have an
    actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community
    who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

    A jeweller's appraisal is usually <30% of resale, or gross weight of
    raw matl. Few can repair a watch these days - they get shipped off
    to someone who can, at a mark-up for the service. I'm not sure I'd
    trust most places to simply clean one.

    Unless rare, unelaborate watches in base metal are cannibalized to
    keep watches in fancier cases (with better resale value) running.
    I've seen really old cases retrofitted with battery-operated junk
    innards.

    If it's not a boat anchor, what's the harm in keeping it as a memento?

    RL

    Oh yeah I wouldn't have wanted it sell it. Just weird that it's so
    difficult to find information on e.g. watch serial numbers and specs
    even by a well-known manufacturer like GP.

    A lot of engineering went into the mechanisms of even the inexpensive
    models I expect but it seems even the manufacturer didn't keep
    particularly good records of what they were making, collecting vintage
    baseball cards seems like a way easier hobby.

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  • From jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com@21:1/5 to bitrex on Fri Jan 28 08:45:35 2022
    On Fri, 28 Jan 2022 11:30:58 -0500, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    On 1/28/2022 11:03 AM, jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:
    On Fri, 28 Jan 2022 05:32:34 -0500, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    On 1/28/2022 5:07 AM, Tom Gardner wrote:
    On 28/01/22 00:24, bitrex wrote:
    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from
    her last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss
    (Girard Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might
    have been her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals >>>>> on old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and >>>>> said "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back
    likely being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver. >>>>>
    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second
    opinion. Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they
    might have an actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community >>>>> who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

    An auction house will have valuers.

    Some auction houses will give an initial value if you send
    them decent photos.

    Try to use an auction house that has dedicated watch,
    barometer, instruments sales.

    Ya it's not really an appropriate task for a local jeweler, if they
    don't see a karat hallmark on it immediately they're not interested no
    matter how old it is, they're not historians.

    They also size me up as not a person who's going to drop 5k on a watch
    or diamond band today, and they'd be right, the stuff has never held
    much interest for me. And I expect my girlfriend would turn her nose up
    if I ever bought her something from De Beers, like what'd you buy me
    these blood-diamonds for.

    Your granny's watch is only good for how much you can sell it for.



    Hey have you heard this one? "My girlfriend asked me to take her
    somewhere expensive. So I took her to the lumberyard..."

    That is wrong at least three ways.



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  • From bitrex@21:1/5 to jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com on Fri Jan 28 13:45:43 2022
    On 1/28/2022 11:45 AM, jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:
    On Fri, 28 Jan 2022 11:30:58 -0500, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    On 1/28/2022 11:03 AM, jlarkin@highlandsniptechnology.com wrote:
    On Fri, 28 Jan 2022 05:32:34 -0500, bitrex <user@example.net> wrote:

    On 1/28/2022 5:07 AM, Tom Gardner wrote:
    On 28/01/22 00:24, bitrex wrote:
    My elderly mother found a vintage ladies watch in some effects from >>>>>> her last move in storage that she hadn't gone through, maybe Swiss >>>>>> (Girard Perregaux on the dial, extremely tiny), she thinks it might >>>>>> have been her my grandmother's but she can't recall.

    I know very little about watches, even less about 50 year old
    maybe-Swiss watches.

    Took it to a couple local jewelers, one said he didn't do appraisals >>>>>> on old pieces and the other guy looked at it for about 2 seconds and >>>>>> said "Just a watch, not worth anything particular" due to the back >>>>>> likely being base metal like aluminum and likely not gold or silver. >>>>>>
    Honestly they both seemed like shitheads and I'd want a second
    opinion. Any advice on what kind of shop to take it to where they
    might have an actual expert in vintage watches on staff?

    The band and backplate fail the neodymium magnet test. The main
    enclosure is non-magnetic.

    (figured there are probably some watch-enthusiasts in the EE community >>>>>> who'd know how to find out more about a particular model)

    An auction house will have valuers.

    Some auction houses will give an initial value if you send
    them decent photos.

    Try to use an auction house that has dedicated watch,
    barometer, instruments sales.

    Ya it's not really an appropriate task for a local jeweler, if they
    don't see a karat hallmark on it immediately they're not interested no >>>> matter how old it is, they're not historians.

    They also size me up as not a person who's going to drop 5k on a watch >>>> or diamond band today, and they'd be right, the stuff has never held
    much interest for me. And I expect my girlfriend would turn her nose up >>>> if I ever bought her something from De Beers, like what'd you buy me
    these blood-diamonds for.

    Your granny's watch is only good for how much you can sell it for.



    Hey have you heard this one? "My girlfriend asked me to take her
    somewhere expensive. So I took her to the lumberyard..."

    That is wrong at least three ways.


    Ok, Ok, I got a better one:

    <https://funnylax.com/meme/ashcammm-guys-literally-only-thing-fucking-disgusting-memes-3e4063da5d06b8f3>

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