I came across a Waltham that is need of some serious TLC, the watch is a Waltham Ellery and the serial number is in the 48,000's which dates it 1862 and makes it a civil war watch. In Shugart's price guide, it shows a 18s Waltham Ellery 7-11 jewel in original silver case and in bold states serial number below 46,600 is a 2 star watch. My question is, what is so important about this number? I noticed it was the end of a run but other than that why? I want to know because if a number above this is worth considerably less, I wont put effort in fixing mine. But I thought at the end of the day, mine is a civil war watch and I think it deserves the help. I just want to double check about the serial number issue. My guess is that the 46,600 is kind of a ball-park number but I do not know for sure. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks!
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