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Other important things are, a bill of sale or any letters, that tell a story about the watch.
I am also a bit of a case fan and that is usually the first thing you see and catches my attention.
It is however pretty meaningless when you are doing the actual valuation.
Just pray that some person hasn’t tried to clean the case with the wrong cleaning agent.
If you have the original box, bill of sale or associated information then this will always add value.
For real collectors this is useful information, but we are much more interested in the movement.Almost every single person I have ever met who has come across an Elgin over estimates its value.I don’t want to be a kill joy but you should be aware that in reality the huge majority of antique pocket watches have a value of around -75 and not the many hundreds the finder thinks it is worth.All genuine Elgin watches will have two serial numbers, one on the case and one on the movement.The only one in terms of value that you should look at and write down, is the serial number on the actual movement.
If you have done this type of appraisal then you are very close to ascertaining a truer value.