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    1926 Waltham Railroad Pocket Watch

    Appraised Value:

    $3,000 - $5,000 (2007)

    Appraised on: August 4, 2007

    Appraised in: Spokane, Washington

    Appraised by: Kevin Zavian

    Category: Clocks & Watches

    Episode Info: Spokane (#1211)

    Originally Aired: April 7, 2008

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    Form: Pocket Watch
    Material: Metal, Diamonds
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $3,000 - $5,000 (2007)

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    Appraisal Video: (2:52)


    Appraised By:

    Kevin Zavian
    Clocks & Watches, Jewelry

    Doyle New York

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: This is my father's pocket watch, and he wore it every day that I can possibly remember, and has this little leather thong on it. He was a cattle rancher down out of Ritzville, and he wore it on his belt loop, in his pocket, and he didn't wear a regular watch because he worked so hard that he would break a regular watch, like, in three or four days, so he wore it always when he was, like, baling hay or driving tractor or throwing calves.

    APPRAISER: Let me tell you about the watch a little bit. It's made by the American Waltham Watch Company--

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: --in Waltham, Massachusetts. They started in Roxbury, but they soon after set up shop in Waltham. They went into business in the mid-1800s. They went out of business in 1957.

    GUEST: Really?


    GUEST: So this is old?

    APPRAISER: Yeah, sure. Now, at the end of production, they made approximately 35 million pocket watches.

    GUEST: Oh, okay.

    APPRAISER: So there's a lot of them out there.

    GUEST: Yes, it is.

    APPRAISER: Let me tell you about yours. It's a railroad watch. It has these large Arabic numerals. Down below, you have a subsidiary second hand as the seconds roll around. But did you ever notice the other dial up on top of the watch?

    GUEST: Yeah.

    APPRAISER: Do you know what it's for?

    GUEST: No.

    APPRAISER: What it is, is it's a wind indicator. When you wind the watch, it tells him how much power is left in the winding mechanism, so it wouldn't run out accidentally.

    GUEST: Huh!

    APPRAISER: It's an added feature. It's the kind of thing you don't see on every railroad watch. Now, what we want to do is we want to turn it around.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: What we're going to do is talk about what makes this watch a little better than the average open-face railroad watch. In the center, over here, is a diamond end stone. Usually, they're synthetic rubies, but they use the diamond end stone.

    GUEST: Is it a real diamond?

    APPRAISER: It's a real diamond, yes.

    GUEST: Ooh!

    APPRAISER: We see over here it's a Waltham Vanguard.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: And then we travel over here, and it tells us that it's 23 jewels. 23 jewels is a nice option. A lot of them are 21. And then we go up here and we see that it's six-position. A lot of them came five positions. So these are just...All those little bells and whistles...

    GUEST: Wonderful.

    APPRAISER: ...that add up and tell us that it's a quality watch.

    GUEST: Great.

    APPRAISER: Let's turn it around.

    GUEST: Isn't that something, that a rancher would have a railroad watch?

    APPRAISER: Yeah, and a very high-end one.

    GUEST: Yeah.

    APPRAISER: If you have to go out and buy this watch again today, I feel you would have to pay somewhere between $3,000 and $5,000.

    GUEST: Holy Toledo! Whoo-hoo! That's wonderful. You're kidding?

    APPRAISER: I'm not kidding you, no.

    GUEST: I mean, he banged this thing around every single day on this thong, just tied to his... This is wonderful! Thank you!

    APPRAISER: I'm so glad you're happy.

    GUEST: Oh, I love it. Thank you so much.

    APPRAISER: You're welcome.

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