Ball Railroad-Grade Pocket Watch
Appraised Value: $1,000 - $1,500
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Appraisal Video: (0:51)
GUEST: I brought my dad's pocket watch from when he worked on the railroad. He purchased it in 1946, and at that time he paid $100 for it. And that was a lot of money back then, so they took payments out of his paycheck to pay for the watch.
APPRAISER: And he worked on the railroad for...
GUEST: 40 years.
APPRAISER: 40 years. Ball was one of the early companies that pushed for what's called railroad-grade watches, and they have a lever set. There was a lot of train accidents in the turn of the century, and the lever set enabled the watches to be set only by opening up the crystal and pushing down on a button on there and then closing it back up. And all the people that worked on the railroad had to have a certain quality of watch.
APPRAISER: And this is a really high-quality railroad-grade. This is a 21-jewel Ball, six position watch. A watch like this, in today's market, probably retails for about $1,000 to $1,500 dollars.
GUEST: Wow, nice.
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