14k to Assay?

TennisGuy

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I bought this watch along with 2 others for cheap. I saw a marking on this one that says 14k to Assay. Does that mean solid 14k gold case?

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TennisGuy

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Bought this watch for cheap, didnt really know what I was getting. It says 14k to assay on the case. Does that mean it’s 1;k solid gold case?

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It looks off to me. The color is off. Almost brass. It could be just the lighting or camera. Maybe I'm just crazy.

I'm sure someone will have a better idea about it. It's a nice looking case, for sure.
 

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Yes and no.

It is solid material and it is near 14K gold and individual samples will vary. Us case makers widely acknowledged that their cases were typically 1/2 K under so A US case so marked could reasonably be expected to assay at 13.5K. Brooklyn Watch case, who made this one, once ran a ad stating their cases were the purest in the US because they were typically only 1/4 K under.

English cases are assayed from several samples and one sample was allowed to be 1/2 K under. I know of one English hallmarked case that its owner scrapped and the refiner came back for some of theor money becase it had less than 18K gold on final assay.

Long story short, It probbaly sold metal near 14K but almost certainly a bit under 14K. It is not certain but that is how "The smart money bets,". Nice buy.
 

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Here are the two Brooklyn ads on the subject:

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Apparently between January and October Brooklyn decided that it didn't want to advertise that its 14K cases weren't actually 14K.
 
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The 14k trademark appears good. The case looks very heavy (agree the color in pic seems a bit off — probably lighting) and if true “for cheap” means you found a great case.
 

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Thanks for all the feedback! I purchased this watch, along with 2 others, for $68.50 USD. I take a chance on some pocket watches buying some, usually get 1 here and there that works good, then try to sell the others. Just as a way to try to pay for the watches that I do keep. So I sold the other 2 watches that came in this particular lot. So I'm actually not out any money for this pocket watch now.

How much gold do you think is in it?
 

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Also, I can try to get new pictures of the cash. I'll admit the lighting could be off or the phone camera tries to compensate for lighting, color, etc.
 

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DTSPatrick Thank you for the kind offer. But I already received my money back for this purchase, so now I can hold out and be greedy. :)
 
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