The Online Database for the Elgin Watch Company can tell you a great deal of information about your watch, based on just the serial number off the movement.(The "movement" is also sometimes called the "watch works".) Important!This page contains INSTRUCTIONS for using the serial number look-up tables that are found on many of our watch company history pages.The example below uses information from the American Waltham Watch Company, but that is just an example.Some American watch brands did not use a consistent series of serial numbers, but most of the big manufacturers did.
Often we do sell items before they get into the website so please do contact us if you require something particular.Click the Ref Number to link to the picture and use back arrows on your browser to return to this page.ANTIQUE BAROMETERS MERCURY WHEEL BAROMETERS STICK AND FORTIN BAROMETERS ROUND ANEROIDS BANJO ANEROID BAROMETERS BAROGRAPHS POCKET ANEROID BAROMETERS / ALTIMETERS / DESK BAROMETERS AND ODD ITEMS Ref 1500 A flame veneered mahogany wheel barometer with swan neck pediment circa 1840, a replacement old boxed long thermometer with convex glass with spirit filled tube. 40” x 9 7/8” Ref: 1552 A traditional mahogany veneered mercury wheel barometer with black & white strung edges with swan neck pediment, hygrometer, short thermometer with spirit filled tube, convex mirror, readed frame, 8” dial, level plate inscribed ‘Warranted Correct’.Vintage watches are a unique and relatively complex mechanical antique that can span a range of several hundred years of production, with millions of watches produced and thousands of variations... Whether you are a buyer or seller of vintage watches, knowing what you're looking at and having a good understanding of the factors which affect the fair-market value of a watch could make hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars difference in the price you pay or receive.While we are primarily concerned with evaluating vintage pocket watches, these same general rules apply to any antique watch, including vintage wristwatches.While it is open, make sure you record everything written on the movement of the watch and the watch case. Kent Singer has written up a good explanation of how to open a watch case.Chris Ozdoba has also written up a good explanation of how to open a watch case.If you're buying or selling a car, it's not enough just to know that it's an old Ford.You would need to know the year, model, engine size and type, whether it's an automatic or manual transmission, how many miles it has on it, what kind of condition it's in, what special features it had that made it more or less collectible, etc. In order to accurately determine value, you must first determine who made the watch (the manufacturer), and as much information as possible about the model, grade, age, size, quality and unique features of your watch.If you've arrived on this page, it's probably because you're looking for an easy way to determine the value of your antique watch. " seems like such a simple question, and I wish we could offer you an Antique Watch Price Guide where all you had to do was type in your watch's serial number and up comes the watch's complete description and value, but it's just not that simple!Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy way to determine the value of an old watch unless you are a watch expert, and even then it can be tricky!