Frequently Asked Question
The most common questions about 1940s watches for sale
Are old watches worth any money?Most old pocket watches are worth less than $200, with many having no real value because they are in rough condition or don't work. The most expensive pocket watch ever sold went for 24 million dollars.
Were there watches in the 1940s?1940 to 1950 – The Watch that Won the War The US military needed a watch that was durable, accurate and functional, so provided a specification to watchmaking companies across the United States.Feb 21, 2017
How do you know if a watch is vintage?A vintage watch is typically classified as any watch that is at least two decades old. You can typically tell if a watch is vintage by any markings of dates on its back. You can also find the model number on the watch's movement. Vintage watches aren't only defined by their age but also what makes them unique.Sep 15, 2017
How old does a watch have to be to be considered vintage?Antique watches are at least 100 years-old. Vintage watches are at least 20 years-old. Any watch under 20 years is likely to be classified as simply “old”—neither modern nor quite yet vintage.Jun 7, 2017
How do I find out how much my watch is worth?You can usually find the reference number on the dial, case back, lugs, or in the watch's papers. Can't find the reference number or model name? Use the Watch Scanner in the Chrono24 app. It can recognize 15,000 watches and tell you their current market value with a single photo.
What does 17 jewel watch mean?A watch with 17 jewels is often called a fully jeweled watch. This means that it uses jewel (usually ruby) bearings in the mechanical movement from the balance wheel all the way to the center wheel pivot.
What is the most expensive wrist watch?Daytonas with “Paul Newman” dials were already trending hard in 2017 when Newman's daughter decided to put her dad's up for sale, and the combination of celebrity ownership, rarity and pure hype led to the highest price for any wristwatch ever sold at auction, an astounding $17.8 million.Jan 20, 2022
Is there any gold in old watches?There could be more gold in this antique watch than meets the eye. ... On watch hands – After cases, this is the place where you are most likely to find gold in older watches. Watch hands can be heavily gold-filled, even in middle-level watches. On watch faces – Be sure to take a close look.Jul 15, 2016
How do I identify my watch?The dial will normally tell you the watch brand and sometimes even its model name. The manufacturer can usually be found beneath the hour marker at 12 o'clock. With any luck, there will also be a clue as to the model above 6 o'clock. This will come in the form of the model name or the movement (e.g., “Automatic”).Dec 18, 2019