What is my vintage railroad watch worth?


collectible railroad watchSo, you have an old railroad watch handed down to you from your grandfather, or maybe you picked up one at a flea market or yard sale. In any event you would like to know 'what's it worth?' Now you could take it to a certified jeweler or watch shop and pay them $30 to $50 dollars for a professional appraisal, which is fine if it turns out to be highly collectible and worth $1500. But what if it is only worth $25 as scrap. You would probably like to know if the watch has any value before paying for an appraisal. Well there is a way to learn if your railroad watch is worth anything to collectors or if it is just an "also ran".

As is true of all collectibles the "law of supply and demand" controls prices, and certainly a railroad watch is no exception. Some of the more common watches, such as Elgins and South Bends can sometimes be found for under $50, while the harder to find watches like a Ball Illinois model 23J in mint condition recently sold for $4000. And there are many other models of railroad watches that would go for a lot more than that.

The easiest way to get a rough idea of the value of a particular old railroad watch, or to find out how much yours may be worth, is to see if any others like it have sold recently on eBay. And if so at what price? Do this by going to eBay HERE, and clicking on the 'advanced search' button at the top of the menu bar. This will bring you to a more detailed search screen. Enter your pocket watch description and manufacturer, such as "Hamilton pocket watch Burlington special" then check the 'completed listings only' box and hit enter. This will bring up a list of all watches that fit your description sold on eBay during the last month with the prices they sold for.

(PLEASE NOTE: You must be a logged in member of eBay to use this feature. If you are not a member, sign up is FREE and you can do it here.)

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