I just came into possession of what I think is a 1962 Ladies La Petite Bulova watch. It's really lovely. The band is intact as is the crystal but it doesn't work.
I'm trying to figure out what to do with it -- list it? Get it repaired first? Or, get it repaired and keep it.
I don't think I've ever seen a watch that appealed to me more -- and I don't normally wear a watch.
I can make that happen. A scan would probably work better...
I vote for: get it fixed, and wear it.
I think that's what I'm going to do. Any recommendations for a repair place?
I'm also going to have to deal with a lot of antique clocks and pocket watches. I'm pretty much overwhelmed and don't know what to do.
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I do know a watch repair place in Simi, that I trust. I just took a watch there yesterday, to get a new pin put in the band.
Did you know that Terry on the box knows quite a bit about watches?
If you're selling, know what it's worth running before you decide what you want to do with them.
Don't want to spend $75 to fix a watch that is only worth $50?
It would be far cheaper to buy a similar working watch on ebay than to have it repaired
Below Bulova is 23, for 23 jewel movement
Don't do anything until you research it. Some old watches have their greatest value with parts that are of the same kind as original. A watch repair service is liable to replace with modern parts. Fine if you just want to use it. But if you want to sell it as a collector's item find a repair place that uses old style parts.
Bulova watches use a date code engraved on the back. The letter indicates the decade and the number indicates the year.
If it is a 1962 the code would be M2
Look for the Hallmark 10RG. That indicates that it would be 10 karat rolled gold.
The band looks to be original to the watch and is often worth more than the watch itself.
If you are going to sell it I wouldn't invest in any repairs. A collector will want to take care of that themself anyway.
Thanks, everyone! The back says Bulova N3 10k Rolled Gold Plate
It is just a lovely little watch I like and would enjoy wearing. The band appears to be original but missing the guard chain.
All of that is very helpful. In the bigger picture, I'm trying to decide whether or not to take on an estate that is very heavy on antique clocks and watches, stained glass windows, art and all manner of bizarre collectibles. I don't think I'm going to do it. I don't know enough about clocks and most of the items are very large and/or heavy. If I had a store front, I'd take it on in a hot minute.
Also, I've heard prices on clocks are very poor here.
Everyone has a reliable timepiece in their phone
LOL! Yeah, I never wear a watch except as jewelry, and I like the sound of a ticking antique clock so they still have a place in my world if not for telling time.