Pocket watch

Mar 01, 2021. 18:41 UTC
Pocket watch
United States of America

Pocket watch

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Appears to be a silver color pocket watch. Has no glass cover. Enscribed None Buckiley Feb 26 1900. No other markings on the outside.


I have no history of what it is.

Answered within 24 minutes
Mar 01, 19:05 UTC
By David

Fair Market Value

$80 - $120 USD

Insurance Value

$200 USD
What does this mean?

Hello Codey,
Thank you for sending in this pocket watch to mearto.com for an appraisal. I shall try to help you with that tonight.
Gent’s, silvered metal, pendant wound and pendant or lever set, open face pocket/pendant watch, unsigned by the maker, and engraved with the name of the owner, “None Buckiley, Feb 26 1900”, made in Switzerland, circa 1900-1902.
Case: Size not provided, but appears to be a small size pocket or pendant watch, three leaf, silvered metal (Sterling down to coin silver), round, open face pocket/pendant watch with a broad polished silvered bezel and a fluted coin type winding pendant with an oval bow placed at the twelve position relative to the dial. The glass crystal over the dial is missing. The back of the case cover is engraved, “None Buckiley, Feb 26 1900”. The inside of the case is not shown.
Dial: Small round white enameled dial with Roman hours, closed minute track, black enameled circle inside the hours, steel Antique Breguet style hands and the dial is unsigned.
Movement: Not shown, but my guess would be that it is a Swiss made bridge-plate movement with a half plate having exposed ratchet and crown wheels, a curved center wheel bridge and one or two small straight and parallel finger bridges. The index regulator would be typically in the Swiss style and there would be a bimetallic balance wheel and hairspring. Most likely the movement would be unsigned. Such watches with broad bezels around the dial often were made with small round movements, smaller than expected for the width of the watch.
(In 1900 and during the last quarter of the 19th century the Swiss watch business was under significant strain from the production of factory produced American pocket watches. In 1870 the Swiss sent representatives to the USA trying to learn the factory mass-production methods to keep up with production in America. Therefore, part of the process was exporting watches to America that had no names on them to indicate their Swiss origin, and hoping that Americans would buy these watches thinking they were American made.)
Case – In good condition. Superficial scratches on the case with some scuffs.
Dial – very good and hopefully there are no hairline fractures of the enameled dial.
Movement – Assumed original to this case, genuine and fully functional.
Overall – excellent.
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/85293022_swiss-pocket-watch (This silvered watch failed to reach the minimum of 200 Canadian Dollars = $158 in 2020)
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/88511163_19thc-swiss-silver-enamel-porcelain-floral-ladies (Failed to reach the minimum of $200 in 2020)
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/78763428_unsigned-a-lady-s-swiss-silver-half-hunter-pocket (In a silver case this watch sold for $84 in 2019)
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/81854858_an-open-face-pocket-watch-yellow-metal-case-stamped (Gold plated metal case, this Swiss pocket watch sold for $364 in 2020)
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/77109041_victorian-ladies-swiss-enamel-sterling-pocketwatch (Sterling silver watch resembling your example failed to sell in 2019 and failed to reach the minimum $300)
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/71762269_an-open-face-pocket-watch-white-metal-case-stamped (In a silver case this small ladies watch sold for $91 in 2019)
I am going to assume that the case metal is some quality of silver which ranges from Sterling (0.925%) down to 0.800% which is less than coin silver. Being unsigned, and apparently quite small, this is a pocket or pendant watch (for the ladies) that would have a fair market value, if offered today at auction, in the range of $80-$120, in working condition, with new crystal and polished case. Retail values would be about twice that amount. I wish I could have seen more of the watch but I think this is the right ball park price-wise for what I see here.
Thank you for using mearto.com for this appraisal.
My best,

Hello Codey,
Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry. So that I may best assist you, can you please upload a couple of images of what is on the inside of the case. Usually there are markings on the inside of the back cover and it would be great if you could open the pocket watch and show me a photo of the movement.
Let me know if you are able to do this?

Codey holbert Mar 01, 19:17 UTC

I’m not sure how to open the watch.

David Mar 01, 20:53 UTC

I understand. I do not see any hinge on this pocket watch. What that means to me is that you should do the following. Turn the watch face down in your left palm (this assumes you are right handed. If not reverse my directions) With the watch lying face down in your left palm take your right palm and press down firmly on the back of the watch case and try to unscrew it by turning your right hand in a counter-clockwise direction (the opposite of the way the hands move). If it starts to unscrew, just keep going until you can lift the back cover off the case. If it doesn't work then just notify me and I will appraise the watch as I see it now. If it works tell me what is written on the inside of the back cover and on the movement and take pictures of both.
Keep me posted,

David Mar 01, 22:52 UTC

I will do your watch tonight if I have not heard back from you.

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