Re: How does a pocket watch receive a star rating
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A pocket watch receives a star rating when somebody declares it to be so. If enough people respect that person's opinion, the rating may actually come to mean something.
However, defining a star in vague terms, such as "Rare" (which is so over-used on a popular auction website as to be totally meaningless) or "Sparse," without actually providing a specific quantity, results in a system that is useless.
Also, beware of rarity expressed in terms of known surviving examples. Although this may be meaningful to experts in discussing the limited production of watches that have been highly researched over decades, it cannot be widely applied to watches that nobody has really been keeping track of. For example, there may be only a handful of known surviving examples of a 23-jewel, 16-size, Eaton Interocean grade pocket watch. However, the small number of people actually looking for these, over so small of a period (about eight years), may simply mean that we just haven't seen the majority all yet.
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