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    Default Star rating system for watches

    *....** ....***....****...*****....

    Could the information be supplied to the star system as as related to watch rarity/scarcity. My latest book does not contain that information.

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    Default Re: Star rating system for watches (RE: dweiss17)

    Hello,

    It would be an extremely subjective rating - the majority of American pocket watches were mass produced and original production quantity of a particular model/grade maybe estimated for many watches. However, we do not know survival rate or condition of survives; there have been so much switching and swapping of watches/dials/cases who knows what is original. The high jeweled railroad watches probably have high survival rate, because they were someones prized watch for work and were probably passed onto a son, etc.

    The common 7 jewel watches are finding their way to junk heap, because their cases were/are being scrapped for gold content. It is going to be more and more difficult to find even gold filled cases as people began to scrap them out.

    Walk through any mart Regional and there are hundreds of pocket watches for sale..... You can pick up a nice 15 - 17 jewel 16 size open face watch from almost any company fairly cheap. These are fully jeweled watches and once cleaned/repaired should run really well as long as someone has not buggered them up in the past. They would be the best watch to carry on an everyday basis - how many stars do you award them?

    Andy Dervan

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    Default Re: Star rating system for watches (RE: Andy Dervan)

    Though it seems HIGHLY FLAWED and the application of this 'system' in the book is INCONSISTENT and in many cases INCORRRECT

    it is on page 101 of the 31st edition......
    Chapter 17 North Carolina
    http://www.nawcc-carolina17.org/default.htm
    Chapter 149 Early American Watch Club .. Home of Russ Snyder Illinois CD database and Henry Burgell Serial number Look-up ... excellent research resources!
    http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/ http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/pw_dbresearch.html
    Chapter 149 Mentor List http://www.nawcc-ch149.com/mentor.html

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    Default Re: Star rating system for watches (RE: terry hall)

    Terry:

    25 to 50 watches are listed as a 4 star watch according to the Price Guide records. Yet Adams & Perry has only 36-37 known examples. No stars are posted on that page site for these timepieces.

    Many listings need revision.

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    Smile Re: Star rating system for watches (RE: dweiss17)

    I think if you talk to Cooksey, he will tell you the ratings were meant to roughly correspond to production not survival but then he let it slide for the oldest examples.

    Of course it is still not very carefully managed and probably biased.
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    Default Re: Star rating system for watches (RE: Tom McIntyre)

    How many stars, if any, would a WALTHAM #34070 deserve?

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