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How can I find out information on an old antique watch given to me? Value plus what type and make model and year?

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Ask in a jeweller or watch makers shop.

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Find a good jewelry cleaner where you can soak jewelry (rings, earings) and let only the band soak. Use a soft or medium toothbrush to finish with the band, then dip the toothbrush in the cleaner to clean the rest.

Posted on May 13, 2009

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SOURCE: American Waltham pocket watch

Ebay often has these for sale; one I also inherited in an 18K gold 'hunters case' (closes from and back) even though perfectly working after a retired jeweler brought it back to life, turned out to be more valuable for its case than anything else. I've seen similar at swap meets/flea markets in plated cases for as little as $70 and still ticking.

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

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SOURCE: I have an antique bulova

Hi!

You can't tell actually the date when it is manufactured by the serial number of the case metal.

However if you manage to open the backside and look in the inside there will be markings that will help in the dating of the watch.. Look at the image below for example
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as soon as you open the back case there is a symbol (pointing by red arrow) that was being used that time for dating.

From the table below.
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Dating at the early 50's are different. 2 digits printed on the backcase signifies the date manufactured.

L indicates 50's
M indicates 60's
N indicates 70's

so if you see a 2 digit stamped on the backcase for example is L2
then it means it is made on 1952.

You will not find this information unless there is a 2 digit on the backcase or you will find a geometric symbol inside the case of your watches.

I hope this helps
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