Elgin Pocket Watches metal?

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I have two Elgin Pocket Watches. One is marked Nickel Silver and is 17 jewels. It is not working. The second is marked 7 jewels and has the American Flag in the inside of the case but is not marked. I realize that the Nickel Silver has no value and I am assuming that a watch marked 7 jewels has no value either. A dealer offered me $75 for a grouping of non working watches and I'm wondering why someone would offer so much for no value that I can see. Am I missing something here? An information is appreciated. I IMG_20210516_141729.jpg isal, just wondering. IMG_20210516_141736.jpg IMG_20210516_141742.jpg IMG_20210516_141729.jpg IMG_20210516_141751.jpg IMG_20210516_143558.jpg IMG_20210516_143604.jpg IMG_20210516_143624.jpg IMG_20210516_143614.jpg IMG_20210516_143547.jpg IMG_20210516_141758.jpg IMG_20210516_141804.jpg
 

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I opened all the cases. I am thinking that the Gold colored Elgin is the one of interested. The one with the deer on the front and back. This one is not marked gold. I does have the American Flag imprinted on it and the word America. My guess is they think this is gold plated or solid gold. Perhaps I should take it to the jewelry store in the morning and have it tested. Would a gold plated watch have value?
 

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If you are offering the whole group for that price I think the value may lie in the Hedy’s Patent one which looks to have an automaton figure. The Ww1 Cyma is a collectible “trench” watch although the hinge needs work. One of the Elgin’s has a very nice “double-sunk” dial. The box hinged hunting case is very desirable as well. If deemed restorable I think 75- would be a heck of a good deal!-Cort
 
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No stamps on it at all that says guaranteed or warranted 10 years. Just the American Flag and the word America. I will upload some more pictures 20210516_181729.jpg 20210516_181729.jpg 20210516_181738.jpg 20210516_181750.jpg 20210516_181757.jpg 20210516_181806.jpg 20210516_181828.jpg 20210516_181838.jpg 20210516_181846.jpg
 

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If you are offering the whole group for that price I think the value may lie in the Hedy’s Patent one which looks to have an automaton figure. The Ww1 Cyma is a collectible “trench” watch although the hinge needs work. One of the Elgin’s has a very nice “double-sunk” dial. The box hinged hunting case is very desirable as well. If deemed restorable I think 75- would be a heck of a good deal!-Cort
I think Cort is on the money. If deemed restorable.
 
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Take note that the 18S gold filled Elgin is a box hinge case. These are more desirable to collectors. The condition is decent. My observation is that it's not gold. If you take it to the wrong jeweler and they test it with a file, the case will be ruined.

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