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Sell old watches for cash

 

How to sell vintage watches, antique watches and pocket watches

When it comes to selling old, antique and vintage watches there’s a lot you should know. Not all old watches are valuable, and sometimes you find value in the most unexpected of places.

 

There’s no shortage of places to sell your vintage and antique watches and pocket watches, but how do you know you’ll get the best price?

 

 

You’ve likely arrived at this page, because you want to know how to sell your old watches for cash, and you want the best price, but you don’t know where to start.

 

Allow us to help. Here we’re telling you everything you need to know about selling your vintage and antique watches and pocket watches. You’ll be an expert in no time.

 

Here’s everything we’re going to cover in this article. Use the links below to jump straight to the section you’re interested in, or read it all to become a vintage and antique watch and pocket watch selling expert.

 

 

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Vintage Cash Cow’s antique and vintage watch expert

Meet Antony…

 

Antony Charman with metal testing gun

Antony Charman our vintage and antique watch and pocket watch specialist

 

He’s our resident vintage and antique watch expert and co-founder of Vintage Cash Cow. What he doesn’t know about old watches isn’t worth knowing. Antony has been trading in antique and vintage watches for over 50 years, and is an avid collector of old watches. He has a particular penchant for all styles of pre 1970’s diver’s watches.

 

We’ve teamed up with Antony to share the benefit of his experience so you can get the best selling price for your vintage and antique watches.

 

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Vintage rose gold ladies wrist watch

 

Getting old watches valued

If you’re selling watches it makes sense to get a valuation first. A valuation will tell you how much you can sell your watches for. During a valuation the valuer will want to see the item face to face. This is because there are lots of different things that can influence the value of old watches.

 

Some companies will offer online valuations, usually you’ll be asked to submit photographs of your items. These types of valuation aren’t as reliable. It’s easy to miss minute details in photographs. Some valuers may want to look inside your watch, especially if it is branded, so it’s a good idea to seek our a professional. Removing the back of a watch is a delicate process and can ruin the watch if not done correctly with the greatest of care.

 

There are a few different types of valuations you can get for your watches. Make sure you know what you can expect from each one.

 

In this section we’ll explain:

  • The different types of watch valuation
  • What watch valuations cost
  • The pitfalls to watch out for when getting watches valued

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  • Where you can get your watches valued

 

There are different types of valuations. It’s important to know what kind of valuation you should get. The wrong evaluation could be expensive and might not tell you how much you can make selling your antique and vintage watches.

 

Insurance replacement valuations

If you have a vintage or antique watch, you may want to make sure your home insurance policy covers them for things like theft, fire and accidental damage. Most policies have something called a single article or item limit. That’s the most the insurance policy will pay out for a single item in the event that you need to claim.

 

If you think your watches are worth more than the single item limit you should get them valued. That’s where insurance replacement valuations come in. The valuation will mean you’ll know how much coverage you need for your vintage or antique watches. You’ll also have evidence in the form of a valuation certificate that you can pass onto the insurance company if you need to make a claim.

 

The valuation you get for insurance purposes isn’t the price you get for selling your antique and vintage watches. It’s the price of replacing them. Or the financial compensation you would get for items that can’t be replaced, like rare antique watches.

 

Private sale valuations

If you are selling your antique and vintage watches, this is the type of valuation you need. It will tell you exactly how much you can make selling your watches.

 

It’s not unusual to get varying prices from private sale valuations. Some collectors and companies will pay more for your antique and vintage watches if they have an easy way to sell them on.

 

For instance, Vintage Cash Cow are able to offer good prices for watches thanks to Antony’s expertise and our network of watch collectors. A pawn shop might offer a lower price if they don’t have an immediate outlet to sell them on.

 

Make sure you are getting a no obligation sale price. The last thing you want is to be forcefully parted from your watches.

 

At Vintage Cash Cow we value all vintage and antique watches before giving you a sale price. If you decide to sell, Antony will make an instant cash payment. Then he’ll clean, repair and re-home any watches you’ve sent in.

 

If you decide not to sell, Antony will send your watches back for free.

 

Learn more about selling vintage watches to Vintage Cash Cow

 

There are different types of valuations. It’s important to know what kind of valuation you should get. The wrong evaluation could be expensive and might not tell you how much you can make selling your old watches.

 

How much does it cost to get antique and vintage watches valued?

Prices vary for different types of valuation and across different types of companies. You would expect to pay for an insurance valuation, but sale valuations are usually free. In rare instances, like at auction houses, you may be charged for sale valuations.

 

Because antique and vintage watches need to be seen to be valued, you’ll often find companies online offering free valuations and free postage to send your items off. Make sure you check postage arrangements as it’s often free to send your watches in, but you may be charged postage if you’d like your watches returned.

 

Where can I get my antique or vintage watch valued?

It’s OK to get prices from different companies. 

 

Try searching online for free sales valuations, but before selecting a company, read reviews from other people who have used them. Make sure their sale valuation is obligation free, so you won’t be expected to sell your vintage watches to the company once they’ve been valued. If you aren’t happy with the price quoted you’ll want to know you can get your old watches back.

 

Once you’ve done your research and had your antique and vintage watches valued you’re ready to sell.

 

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vintage men's watch

 

How to sell old watches

Selling old watches doesn’t have to be difficult. There are lots of options open to you from selling privately to online selling. In this guide we’ll talk you through the pitfalls and benefits of each selling method for vintage and antique watches and pocket watches.

 

How to sell vintage watches

Vintage watches tend to hold their value, especially if they have brand names on them, this is down to the rarity of the watch. Many vintage watches were produced in limited runs. If there were only a few hundred of a particular watch produced, it will be harder to come by today and therefore worth more money.

 

Some watches stand as testament to advances in engineering. For example, the railway pocket watch is iconic because it tells of a era in which time had to be geographically standardised. Before the railways it wasn’t necessary for everyone’s time pieces to be synchronised, when you need the trains to run on time though it’s a different story.

 

Vintage or antique  items that tell a story or hail back to a significant event in time will always be more valuable. The history behind an item is usually what drives collectors to pay higher prices for some things than others.

 

To sell your vintage watches, you’ll need to understand what influences the value of a vintage watch, as well as understanding a little more about the history of your watch. Next we’ll talk about what makes old watches valuable, then we’ll explain all about cleaning and selling your watches and pocket watches.

 

Old watches value

Old watches aren’t always valuable. Automatic and LED watches are usually mass produced and rarely garner interest from collectors. Just because a watch is old doesn’t necessarily make it valuable. Over the last 100 years watches have been mass produced, with more of the same watch around, they become less valuable.

 

If you have an old watch that doesn’t have a brand name, try looking for these characteristics to assess if your watch has value:

 

  1. The watch winds – un-branded automatic watches aren’t usually worth much money, but winding watches often are
  2. The watch doesn’t say ‘quartz’ – quartz movements are cheap and easy to produce, so they aren’t usually as valuable, however, there are some exceptions, so don’t let the ‘quartz’ word put you off attempting to sell your watch, but if it’s not branded the chances are it won’t be that valuable
  3. The watch is gold or silver in colour – some old watches are made of gold, silver and platinum or are plated with gold or silver, this means your watch may have value for it’s precious metal content if not for it’s intrinsic value as a watch
  4. The watch has hallmarks – hallmarks denote precious metals, so if your watch has hallmarks it will have some value
  5. The watch is inscribed – If there are initials or messages inscribed into a watch they can be interesting to collectors, this usually only applies if there’s a date and the watch is more than 50 years old, military and railroad watches and pocket watches will often have an inscription and can be quite valuable
  6. The watch is see through – If you can see the watch workings and this is part of the design it’s known as a skeleton watch, these are valuable.
  7. The watch has a black or unusually coloured or patterned face – watch faces are normally white, off white, or stainless steel, black or unusually coloured faced watches are often valuable
  8. The watch says “Swiss Made” – Swiss watches are high end watches, sometimes they don’t include a brand name, anything Swiss made has some value

 

Antique watches value

Antique watches are very old. The majority of antique watches were not mass produced, meaning they’ll be worth more money than their modern and vintage counterparts, if in good condition.

 

The story behind an antique watch can influence it’s value. Some collectors will pay more for watches that belonged to celebrities or influential figures.

 

By looking on auction sites and in auction houses, you can see how much similar watches have sold for in the past or how much future lots are expected to go for. Remember, this isn’t the price you will get for your watch, but it is a sign of its potential worth.

 

Each watch is different and may well sell for different prices. Some of the most common watches in the world have sold for thousands because of who they belonged to. This is why it pays to do your research when it comes to antique watches.

 

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Vintage pocket watch

 

When is a watch vintage?

When it comes to watches the terms vintage and antique are almost exchangeable. Often the distinction comes down to the personal preference of the collector.

 

At Vintage Cash Cow we buy vintage and antique items. As a general rule of thumb, anything older than 25 years but less than 100 years old is considered vintage.

 

With watches it’s a little different. A vintage watch is one that’s older than 30 years and is a winding watch rather than an automatic watch. If any of your watches are over 30 years old and winding watches, they are considered vintage, and you should get them appraised.

 

Valuable vintage watches

Vintage and antique watches can be quite valuable, especially if branded. This is because watches weren’t mass produced in any large numbers until the Victorian era, and branded watches tend to be produced in limited runs.

 

There are some vintage brands that are especially valuable, look for these names in particular to find a valuable vintage watch:

 

  • Rolex
  • Girard Perregaux
  • Zenith
  • Longines
  • Jaeger LeCoultre (sometimes just LeCoultre)
  • Universal Geneve
  • Lemania
  • Festina
  • Hamilton
  • Waltham
  • Fortis
  • Eterna
  • Eloga
  • Zodiac
  • Enicar
  • Oris
  • Favre-Leuba
  • Ebel
  • Eberhard
  • Gallet
  • TAG Heuer
  • Gruen
  • Bulova
  • Montblanc
  • IWC
  • Minerva
  • Movado
  • Omega
  • Dugena
  • Tudor
  • Vulcain
  • Concord
  • Doxa
  • Tissot
  • Hamilton
  • Timex
  • Mido

 

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Vintage watch faces

 

Can you clean a vintage watch face?

If you have a vintage watch it may be a little dirty. That’s to be expected from watches that get a bit of wear. If you want to clean your vintage watch before selling it, follow these tips to make sure you don’t damage your watch in any way.

 

If you are selling your vintage watch privately you may want to clean it before selling it, especially if you are using a platform like eBay where you have to post photos of what you are selling.

 

If you are selling to a collector or to Vintage Cash Cow check with them before cleaning your vintage watch. We usually advise our customers not to clean their watches, we have specialist cleaning equipment here and we’d rather clean it ourselves so that the vintage watch doesn’t get damaged and depreciate in value.

 

Don’t opt for metal cleaners in the first instance. If you use the wrong metal cleaner on the wrong metal you can end up damaging it.

 

If you have a metal watch, try cleaning it with a pencil eraser first. An eraser is fairly gentle and will help to remove any fingerprints or light grease on the metal or the glass watch face. Don’t push too hard with the eraser. Some vintage watches are fragile.

 

If your vintage watch is made of metal or has a metal casing, it may have a light tarnish on it. This is common with silver, gold and stainless steel. Generally tarnish will show up in areas of high wear (usually on the back of the watch head),  and is just a build up of dirt caused by sweat, oil and cosmetics. An eraser won’t get rid of tarnish, so you’ll need to use a metal cleaner to clean it.

 

Before you even consider using a metal cleaner you’ll need to know what kind of metal your watch is made of, then you’ll need to research the best cleaner to use. When using chemicals to clean your vintage watch, use them sparingly. Make sure you cover the straps if they aren’t made of metal, and the watch face, to protect them from the cleaner. Leather and canvas are popular strap materials, both can be ruined if you get metal cleaner on them.

 

To clean fabric straps, use a clean, wet, sponge and try to just spot clean any soiled areas. Be careful about using too much water, if your fabric straps are multiple colours they may run when water is applied.

 

If you have leather straps, use a professional leather cleaner. Leather requires gentle cleaning.  

 

If you aren’t comfortable cleaning your vintage watch, or you’re worried about ruining it, pop to your local jewellery store, they should be able to clean it professionally for you.

 

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A collection of old silver watches

Best place to sell vintage watches

The best place to sell vintage and antique watches will be different for everyone. It comes down to the level of expertise you have and how comfortable you are using different selling methods.

 

When it comes to selling vintage and antique watches you have lots of options. If you’re an expert and you know exactly what kind of watch you have and how much it’s worth, you might want to sell privately. If you aren’t quite sure what you have, you’ll be better off selling to a vintage and antique watch buying expert like Vintage Cash Cow.

 

Next we’ll look at the best places to sell your vintage watches.

 

Where to sell vintage watches

You can sell vintage watches privately to a seller, through a private selling platform like eBay or Gumtree. You can also sell vintage watches at auction, or you can sell to an online company that buy watches for cash.

 

Below we’ll break down your options to help you find the best place to sell.

 

How to sell vintage watches privately

If you want to sell vintage watches privately it’s highly recommended that you have a really good idea of what type of watch you are selling and what it’s worth.

 

When you sell privately you’ll have to take photos of your vintage watch and post them online for buyers to see. You might also have to answer questions about the origin of the watch, the condition, the brand and serial number. You’ll need to know how to answer these questions to keep buyers interested.

 

Before selling your vintage watch privately it’s a good idea to get a sales valuation, that will prevent you from over or under pricing your vintage watch.

 

There are plenty of private selling platforms like eBay, Gumtree and Facebook, but not all of them are free. Remember if your watch is worth a lot of money you may end up paying higher fees on some platforms.

 

If your vintage watch is worth quite a lot of money, carefully consider the platform you are selling on and the method of payment. Never send your vintage watch to the buyer before they have paid for it. If you have to send your watch in the post make sure it’s well protected. Take plenty of photos of the watch in the box, the watch wrapped in the box and a picture of the box and watch together on the scales at the post office. Make sure you get a postage receipt. These are all things that will help protect you against scam buyers on most private selling platforms.

 

If you sell privately via a print ad in a newspaper or you’re arranging a face to face sale with someone you’ve never met before, meet in a public place and try to take someone with you.

 

Selling privately is a great way to get a good price for your vintage watch, just make sure you do your research first and avoid the pitfalls.

 

How to sell vintage watches at auction

At an auction house, your vintage watch will be sold to the highest bidder. The advantage of selling at auction is that you can sell directly to collectors (if you pick the right day). Auctioneers can also help you identify your watch and answer any questions buyers might have.

 

Auction houses do charge fees, and they aren’t always easy to understand. You may be charged a valuation fee, listing fee, reserve fee and final selling price fee. These costs will differ from auction house to auction house, so do your research to find the lowest fees at the most relevant auctions.

 

Make sure you pick the right auction day. Look specifically for vintage watch auctions, selling at a general auction means there will be less people there interested in bidding on a vintage watch.  

 

Get a valuation for your vintage watch before you sell it at auction. This will help you set a reserve meaning the watch won’t be sold for less than the reserve amount.

 

Auctions can take place in physical locations like auction houses, but you can also join many auctions online. There are even a few auctioneers that operate solely online. Make sure you understand the advantages and disadvantages of using any particular company.

 

Selling vintage watches at auction is a great idea if you know your watches are worth a lot of money.

 

Selling vintage watches to vintage Cash Cow

We buy vintage watches no matter what condition they are in. We have a number of in house vintage experts who have been specially trained by our lead vintage expert and co-founder Antony Charman. Each vintage watch that is sent to Vintage Cash Cow is appraised by an expert.

 

Here’s one of our experts Joshua inspecting a pocket watch:

 

 

To sell to Vintage Cash Cow, all you have to do is sign up for your free postage labels, then package up your vintage watches with any other vintage things you’d like to sell. Attach the free postage labels and call into your local post office to send them off.

 

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Antique pocket watch

 

What is an antique watch?

In the vintage watch section we explained that vintage and antique are nearly interchangeable terms. Some collectors won’t use the word vintage, others will have different ideas of what constitutes vintage or antique.

 

Most collectors agree that any piece over 100 years old is an antique. So if you have any watches that are over 100 years old they are considered antique and you should get them valued, especially if they are branded.

 

How to clean antique watches

Being over 100 years old means that antique watches usually have a little dirt on them. Tarnish can build up on the metal as well as dust.

 

Antique watches are relatively rare and are often hailed as being well made, usually by hand, so if your antique watch needs a clean you should be very gentle to avoid impacting the value of your watch.

 

Use a soft dry cloth to remove dust and fingerprints from the watch case, if there’s a build up of dirt, you can use a pencil eraser, be careful not to push too hard, antique watches are delicate and need to be treated as such.

 

If you are a professional, and you are certain you know what metal your antique watch is made from, you may want to use a metal cleaner to remove any tarnish build up. If you aren’t a professional, we would advise you to take your antique watch to a professional for cleaning. If you damage the watch it will be worth less money when you sell it.

 

If your antique watch has fabric straps that need cleaning, do this very gently with a clean, wet sponge. Sometimes water can make the dyes in a watch strap run, so only do this if you are confident that the strap won’t be ruined.

 

Most antique watches are incredibly delicate, so we’d only advise you to clean them yourself if you are selling privately. If you are selling to a collector or to Vintage Cash Cow check with them first, they may prefer to clean an antique watch themselves.

 

We always advise customers to send their watches to us for cleaning. We can clean them professionally meaning your antique watch won’t lose any of its value.  

 

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Two antique watches

Where to sell antique watches

You can sell antique watches in a similar way to vintage watches. Private sale, auction and online selling are popular ways to sell. While the method is similar there are different pitfalls.

 

How to sell antique watches privately

Antique watches are generally quite old. Because of their age and the fact that watches weren’t mass produced until the Victorian period, they can be pretty valuable.

 

If you are selling privately, make sure you know how old your watch is and how much it’s worth. You can always get a valuation which will give you information on the make, model and value of your antique watch.

 

Antique watches are worth more if you have the original boxes they came in and any papers that go with them, like certificates of authenticity, when getting your antique watches appraised make sure to include the box and papers, if you have them, for a more accurate valuation.

 

Because antique watches tend to be expensive, it’s riskier to sell them privately. Expensive items are more often the target of fraudsters when it comes to private selling. Make sure you take plenty of precautions. Don’t send the watch until it’s been paid for and take plenty of photos of the watch in its packaging and on the scales at the post office. Make sure the payment is handled through a payment platform that will protect you against fraud like Paypal or Stripe.

 

If you aren’t selling on a platform like eBay, and instead are looking for collectors privately, make sure you do  your research. You’ll want the collector to have a good knowledge of watches and you’ll want to know they are a reputable buyer before you sell to them.

 

When selling to a collector, make sure you get a few quotes first and compare them. This will help you get the best price for your antique watch.

 

When selling on a platform like eBay or Gumtree, take a look to see if there are any other antique watches like yours selling. This can help you get a feel for price, but remember, the condition of your antique watch comes into play as well. If there are other antique watches like yours, consider waiting until they are no longer listed. If there are a few of the same items listed you’ll likely make less money than if there is only one or two.

 

How to sell antique watches at auction

Auction houses are a great way to sell antique watches, especially if they are worth a lot of money. An auction house can value your antique watch, and then help you sell it to the highest bidder in an auction.

 

Remember the more your antique watch is worth the more you’ll pay in fees to the auction house.

 

Always choose the right day to auction your antique watch. If there’s a special auction for antique collectables or time pieces you’ll get more interested buyers than at a general auction.

 

Some auction houses operate in physical locations, while others operate online. Always research auction houses by reading customer reviews to make sure you’re choosing one you can trust.

 

Before deciding on an auction house, get an independent valuation and compare the fees of different auction houses, this will help you get the best price for your antique watch.

 

Selling antique watches to Vintage Cash Cow

We buy antique watches, and it couldn’t be easier to sell to us. Our watch experts have over 100 years combined experience with antique watches.

 

All you have to do is send your antique watches to us in a box along with anything else you want to sell. As soon as they arrive at our office in Leeds we’ll appraise them and give you a cash offer. You can accept the offer for an instant cash payment, or opt to have your antique watches returned to you for free.

 

It’s free to send us whatever you want to sell. We’ll send you some free postage labels and insure your parcel in the post for up to £300.

 

If you don’t want to post your parcel to us, we’ll arrange a free, secure, courier from your doorstep to ours.

 

Because our experts have many years of experience, they’ll be able to spot if you have something really special. Like this rare coin we found in a box of unwanted vintage clutter….

 

Rare Oxford Crown held by Antony Charman

 

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Vintage Omega watch in box

 

Antique watch brands

Antique watches do tend to hold their value, but as with everything, the age, brand and condition will influence the price you get when you sell them.

Having said that, just like with vintage watches, there are a few brands that almost always command value. Look out for the brand names below, these watchmakers are over 100 years old and are heralded as the best in the industry. If you have any of these, you’ll likely get a higher selling price, even if they are broken.

 

  • Omega
  • Patek Philippe
  • Audemars Piguet
  • Arnold and Son
  • Baume and Mercier
  • Blancpain
  • Breitling
  • Breguet
  • Ball
  • Bulgari
  • Bulova
  • Cartier
  • Cyma
  • Chopard
  • Graham
  • Girard Perregaux
  • Gallet & Co
  • H Moser & cie
  • IWC 
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre
  • Junghans
  • JeanRichard
  • Oris
  • Panerai
  • Piaget
  • Rado
  • Seiko
  • Tiffany & Co
  • Tissot
  • TAG Heuer
  • Tudor
  • Universal Geneve
  • Vacheron Constantin
  • Waltham

 

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Antique children's pocket watch

 

What pocket watch do I have?

The first part of selling any pocket watch is to understand what kind of pocket watch you have. There are lots of different types and some will be more valuable than others. Here we’ve given you an insight into the four most popular types of pocket watch.

 

When pocket watches were first introduced they were made by hand and often only available to the wealthy classes. Usually they’d be made of gold or silver and may be inlaid with shells and semi-precious gemstones or diamonds.

 

As pocket watches became more popular and easy to produce a lot of stainless steel watches began to flood the market. These were fairly cheap and available to the working classes. There are still a lot of these types of pocket watches around. They tend to be quite plain and aren’t worth that much money unless they have an inscription that is of historic value – i.e. there’s an inscription showing that it’s been gifted to someone of historical significance.

 

Branded pocket watches often hold their value, especially Swiss brands like Longines, Rolex, Ebel, and, Tudor. A branded pocket watch can be worth a fair amount of money. Sometimes just the movements from inside a branded pocket watch can fetch a fair sum.

 

There are also specialist pocket watches like military pocket watches and railroad pocket watches. These tend to have historical significance as they were produced in limited runs specifically for army personnel or railroad workers.

 

Specialists pocket watches are highly collectable. Before the railways were invented, time wasn’t standardised. Even though each pocket watch was carefully made they were notoriously unreliable at keeping time. A number of railroad accidents were caused as a result of one persons pocket watch running ahead or behind of someone else’s. In the mid 19th Century time was standardised, and new more accurate pocket watches were produced for railroad workers and the military especially. 

 

Military and railway watches are often prized by collectors for their quality and time keeping accuracy.

 

What is an antique pocket watch?

An antique pocket watch is one that’s over 100 years old. Some pocket watches will come with a serial number or inscription that will help you determine how old it is.

 

Pocket watches are unusual in that antique pocket watches aren’t always valuable. With pocket watches their value tends to come down to what they are made of, the condition they are in, who they belonged to and the brand that made them.

 

Pocket watch serial numbers

Some pocket watches have serial numbers, particularly Swiss made pocket watches. This serial number acts as proof of authenticity. Researching the brand and serial number online can tell you a lot about your pocket watch, including how many of that particular pocket watch were made.

 

Not all pocket watches have serial numbers though, so don’t dismiss yours as replica if it doesn’t have one.

 

Search the internet for “pocket watch serial numbers” followed by the brand or make of your watch, this will provide you with plenty of options when it comes to researching your pocket watches serial number.

 

The Pocket Watch Database is a great place to begin searching for your pocket watch serial number as it will allow you to search for lots of different brands.

 

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A smiths motor watch

 

What are good pocket watch brands?

The best brands to look out for are any of the Swiss watch brands, like Longines and Rolex. They’ve been making watches and pocket watches for a very long time and so are considered the pinnacle of craftsmanship, thus they command more money when being sold.

 

For more antique pocket watch brands, check out the antique watch brands section.

 

Can you clean a pocket watch?

Pocket watches can be cleaned, but they must be treated gently. Old and hand made pocket watches are especially fragile.

 

Most pocket watches are made from metal. Sometimes they are made from precious metals like gold and silver, or they’re made with more durable metals like stainless steel. Some pocket watches can be plated with gold or silver. For this reason it’s not advisable to clean pocket watches with metal cleaners. If you use the wrong metal cleaner you can end up stripping or damaging the metal around your pocket watch.

 

Pocket watches should be cleaned with a soft, dry cloth. If your pocket watch doesn’t have a glass cover over its face you should avoid cleaning the bare pocket watch face with anything other than a clean, dry cloth or q-tip.

 

If you have an old pocket watch that needs cleaning, you should take it to a professional cleaner to avoid causing damage to the fragile movements inside the watch. If are selling your pocket watch to a private seller, you’ll probably want to clean it first, but we’d still advise getting a professional to help you.

 

If you are selling to Vintage Cash Cow or directly to a collector, check with them before cleaning your pocket watch. A lot of professional pocket watch buyers will prefer to clean the pocket watch themselves rather than risking any damage.

 

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Where to sell pocket watches

Pocket watches can be sold in much the same way as vintage and antique watches. While pocket watches tend to be old, they aren’t as valuable as you might think.

 

Unless you have a particularly rare pocket watch, you might have trouble selling it on a private platform like eBay. Generally they aren’t worth much on their own.

 

If you want to sell privately, it’s better to sell a group of pocket watches, you’ll fetch a higher price. If you don’t have a group though, the fees involved with this kind of selling may make it uneconomical.

 

Unless you have a rare or Swiss pocket watch, you likely won’t want to sell it at auction. It won’t raise much money and you may end up paying more in fees than you make from selling your pocket watch.

 

Pocket watches are the perfect things to sell to Vintage Cash Cow. Not only is it free to sell us pocket watches, but we’re able to pay out for them because we use every pocket watch (broken or not).

 

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Where to sell antique pocket watches

Antique pocket watches tend to be older than 100. Often times they won’t be branded, but they will sometimes be made of gold or silver.

 

Just because a pocket watch is antique, that doesn’t necessarily make it valuable. If you have antique pocket watches it’s a good idea to get them valued first. If your antique pocket watches are rare and valuable you may prefer to sell them at auction.

 

At auction you can get your antique pocket watches valued, you can also choose an auction day specifically for antique timepieces or pocket watches. This means you’ll end up selling to a collector giving you the best price. Just make sure you get your antique pocket watch valued first so you don’t sell it for less than it’s worth.

 

We also buy antique pocket watches at Vintage Cash Cow. You can put all your old watches and pocket watches in a box (no matter what condition they are in) along with any other vintage items you want to sell, and send it to us free of charge. Once we’ve received your box we’ll make a cash offer for the contents of your parcel. When you accept your offer you’ll get an instant cash payment, or if you don’t sell, you can have your things sent back for free.

 

Broken pocket watches – can you sell them?

You can indeed sell broken pocket watches, though until now they haven’t been the easiest of things to sell.

 

If your pocket watch is branded, it will still make you money even if it’s broken. Sometimes the movements inside a pocket watch can be worth a significant amount, even without the pocket watch case around them.

 

If you have broken pocket watches that aren’t branded, they might still be worth some money, but you won’t make as much. Sometimes the fees charged on private platforms make broken pocket watches uneconomical to sell. If you have a large group of broken pocket watches you’ll more likely make a profit than if you sell just a few.

 

At Vintage Cash Cow we’re able to buy broken pocket watches because we can fix them or use their parts for repairs. While it’s free to send us your broken pocket watches we would recommend only sending them in with other vintage things you’d like to sell, because they don’t usually fetch a lot of money.

 

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Now you’ve finished, take a look at some of our other selling guides:

Selling Silver Jewellery for cash

How to sell gold

Selling War Medals; The ultimate guide

The most expensive watch sold and other fascinating facts

Kat Quinzel
kat.q@vintagecashcow.co.uk
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