Old American Pocket Watches

Barry1023

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If it is not against the rules, can anyone tell me a good place to sell approximately 200 old american pocket watches?
 

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Unless you have the patience to sell them mostly individually online, I think a good auction house would be the best way to go. Maybe offering them on consignment, if your auction house accepts that kind of arrangement, would be the most economical, but I don't know that for sure.
 

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Unless you have the patience to sell them mostly individually online, I think a good auction house would be the best way to go. Maybe offering them on consignment, if your auction house accepts that kind of arrangement, would be the most economical, but I don't know that for sure.
I agree and the problem with Auction Houses are notorious for charging high sales fees, some as high as 27% to the seller. If you get lucky and find one that charges 10% of the hammer price that a good deal. Good luck either way!
 

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I think the answer would depend on condition, originality and any provenance one can
provide with any given watch.

I used to work on weekends for my Uncles Auction business and I learned out to find
the artifacts, setup the contracts, negotiate exclusions, mix the lots, work the bidders.

If they are worth less than $20,000, I'd say that favorite electronic auction house and
mix the lots to optimize the profits.

Keith R...
 

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Just my 2 cents - if an online site, don't flood the market all at once. Those who would really appreciate them may not be able/want to spend the money all at once, so the collection may not bring top dollar.

Pat
 

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The best advice is don't rush. Find out what you have first.
We will help in that area for free.


Rob
 

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Do the research like Rob says above but sell them soon and don't fret about not getting absolute top value out of them. I have been doing this for 40 year or more and have sold thousands of watches. If someone can tell me how to get top retail value everytime...please do.
 

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If you are going to send your watches to an auction house - and I am not saying you should (do your research first, as you have been advised) - be aware that if the auction house charges a "buyer's premium" in addition to a seller's fee, both those fees are actually coming out of your pocket, regardless of how the auction house chooses to obfuscate the matter. Unless a mistake is made, bidders will take the buyer's premium into account when deciding how much they are willing to bid. The same goes for state and local sales taxes, if any, unless the buyer happens to have a reseller tax number.

One other tip: If you are selling $100, $200 and $500 dollar items, don't take them to an auction house that makes its living selling $10,000, $50,000 and $100,000 items. You will likely not have a great experience.
 
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topspin

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My first tip would be - sell them all separately, and with each auction ending anywhere from 2 minutes to 1 day apart.
Also - for whichever outlet you choose to sell them in - take a look through some of the existing auctions, to get an idea of the level of information and photography that's generally expected.
 

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