I was mainly hoping someone might recognize them. I doubt any of them have much metal as they're mostly encased in glass. And the stones in this one are probably glass. Any value would be in their collectability as antique watches.
All of this is well understood as I have sold many clocks, antiques, and autos over the years.
I still think you're missing the point of (hoping someone would recognize them and be able to give me any information) totally aside from monetary value. I would have posted these elsewhere, but then I would not have been able to ask in anyway, if these and the many others he has should be professionally appraised (I am trying to find someone)
Actually.Macaw, I have seen quite a few of these ball-watches, and your particular one has a familiar look.Unfortunately, I can't help you with a valuation because I have never followed such watches; but you are right that someone may be able to give you a very rough idea of what similar watches have fetched at auction in the past.
You might be surprised to find that the "diamonds" in the case may not be glass - my general recollection is that they are diamonds. But even if they are, I doubt that they would be of a size, cut or quality to make much difference to the value of the watch.
I hope someone passes by who can help you more than I can