Buying a watch is making about a dozen and a half tradeoffs:
1) How much does it cost?
2) How is the movement?
>> Is it rare?
>> Is it complete?
>> Is it a combination of movement parts (aka a Frankenwatch)?
>> What would it take to get it running like new?
3) How is the dial?
>> Is it cracked...
I did a little bottom fishing and caught something. I put in a low bid and wound up with this circa 1889 15J HC LS Model 1 Grade 103 S/N 3574323 G. M Wheeler for $31.50 (including S&H). They made 74,000 of these. It has some crud on the movement and inside the cover that looks like rust, but I'm...
Big disappointment! I "bought the dial" on this Hampden watch. Spent nearly $75. When I opened it up, all I found was this boring SN 3265639 Model 3 circa 1914 18s 15J PS unadjusted common Dueber Watch Co. I'll throw it in my "sell if I ever get up the energy" pile. Better luck next time!
This appeared in my mailbox today. I bought the dial without seeing the movement and paid $73.88 (including SH&T). I think I like that "Christmas morning" anticipation of opening the back and seeing what I bought. I always hope for at least 21J. This one turned out to be only 17J (with a 25-year...
Thanks for your expertise, Greg. Do we have any records of production numbers of these? In my dated (2005) Price Guide, I see that the HC version is worth more. Does this mean fewer were made or that collectors prefer the HC version? Thanks for your help.