How to Find the Value of Antique Pocket Watches

Finding value of antique pocket watches can be somewhat easy in comparison to valuing other antiques. Luckily for collectors, antique watch guides exist that help to provide a good starting point for the value of a number of watches. In addition to using price guides, there are a number of other ways to determine a watch’s value.


1. Start out by purchasing an antique watch guide from your local bookstore. These guides serve as a good starting point when valuing an antique watch.

2. Stop into an antique store and talk to the shop owner. These people are generally very knowledgeable about all types of antiques, including watches, and they may even have a similar watch for sale in their store.

3. See if a pawn store can help you determine the value. Pawn stores are notorious for seeing all types of watches, both old and new, and many of the employees are specifically trained to value watches. Even if you aren’t looking to sell it, they might be able to help you decide what it’s worth.

4. Visit a jewelry store that sells watches and ask to speak to a watch specialist. Even though the watch may be old, jewelers generally have a good idea of what they are worth. If they don’t know, they may be able to point you in the right direction.

5. Look to see what similar watches are selling for. If you’re able to tell the brand or model of the watch you may be able to look on auction web sites like eBay or classified sites like Craigslist to get an idea of what other people are selling it for.


If you are having a lot of trouble obtaining a good value, you may need to consider paying for an appraisal, especially if you think that your watch is worth a reasonable amount of money. Certified antique appraisers are very well trained and having an appraised value can help to ensure that your watch sells for its full value if you decide to sell it.

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