Wrist Watch & Pocket Watches

Value (2012) | $24,000$38,000
Watch  

GUEST:
I found this watch in a little Tiffany suitcase. And when I asked my mother about the watch, she said that it belonged to my great-grandfather's mistress.

APPRAISER:
Oh, wow.

GUEST:
And how it got back to my grandmother, who claimed it was hers for years, we don't quite know.

APPRAISER:
This is a very interesting early, early wristwatch. It was very fashionable at the time for women to have wristwatches. It was considered not so fashionable for men to have them. So this is more like jewelry than anything else. But this is a Tiffany and Company signed piece. And I believe at one time that the designing with the Greek key motif had enamel in it, but it's now since gone. It's a very, very nice piece, about 1905. This secondary piece here, this is a very early 1860s Patek Philippe pocket watch. It has beautiful blue cobalt enamel with single-cut as well as rose-cut diamonds. And particularly the center star diamond is really, really nice. I believe this bow also to be genuine and original to the watch. The company started in the early 1850s, so this would be the first ten years of their production. This third pocket watch is a Jules Jurgensen minute repeater. It's from about the 1890s. And what's really nice about this particular one... if I may for a moment, I'll close the lid and flip it over. If you see inside here, the movement is a minute repeater, but there was a glass that was placed over the top so that the owner of the watch can watch the mechanism make the repeating motions without him getting dust or dirt into it. A minute repeater gives an audio noise to let them know through a series of bells and chimes the exact time. As far as the condition, it's quite high, except for the missing glass crystal, which is really not a problem. The condition of the case and the movement is exceptional. Do you have any idea the value of any of these three pieces?

GUEST:
None whatsoever. They've just been around forever.

APPRAISER:
Family piece, right. Okay. I estimate the value of the Tiffany early wristwatch between $3,000 and $4,000.

GUEST:
Wow.

APPRAISER:
The Patek Philippe cobalt enameled pendant watch, between $7,000 and $8,000.

GUEST:
Whoa.

APPRAISER:
And the Jules Jurgensen minute repeater at $12,000.

GUEST:
Wow.

APPRAISER:
So you have quite a nice collection of watches here from your family.

Appraisal Details

Update (2012)
$24,000$38,000
Appraised value (1997)
$22,000$24,000
Event
San Francisco, CA (August 09, 1997)
Material
Diamonds, Enamel, Metal

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