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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:45 pm Reply with quote
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My Lady Friend got this from her mother-in-law who stated it was her father's. The mother in law is now 89.

She wants to know how much is it worth? Since there are so many variants and that dial is special, I figured I'd ask you guys!

The Case is a worn Fahy's 20 year Montauk with the wrong bow. I am unsure if it is original.

Also, some JO scribed "934" in very small numbers by the crown wheel. The regulator screw is broken. The crown does not engage the crown wheel, so I don't know yet if it runs.

Thoughts?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:10 pm Reply with quote
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With a sharp 2 tone movement these were in the 2,000 range, but that movement is faded so1000-1200? Geno
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:34 pm Reply with quote
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Neil,

There are a number of variants of these dials and movements, all of which affect the value. The movements marked "Special" with dials marked "8 Adjustments" seem to be the most desirable.

Like many of Hamilton and Bunn Special's, the peak has passed and prices have come down significantly. Others which have purchased these more recently than I would know better, but Gene's estimates are probably not that far off. I could see the example you pictured bringing a bit more depending on how well the movement cleans up and if the dial is free of hairlines. These two tone 992's are not known for having a strong 2tone appearance.

I can't really see the hand etched number you mentioned on my small phone screen, but it should be mentioned that the majority of these watches seem to have a small hand scratched number on the movement. To the best of my knowledge, the purpose for this number has yet to be determined.

Rhett

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:10 pm Reply with quote
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The price has always depended on a correct dial and condition thereof, strength of the TT and the case.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:16 pm Reply with quote
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I think if you cleaned it up and the dial is as good as it looks it might bring $1,500 on eBay. Which means Geno is pretty close to right after you clean it and pay the fees. It is worth cleaning. It is a nice watch.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:24 pm Reply with quote
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OK Guys - my Lady friend and I thank you all for your input.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:07 pm Reply with quote
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If you can get the watches history, who owned it and what it was used for, especially if it was used by a steam train driver, who and on which railway, that would be a very nice thing to have and may increase its value.

It would need to be documented in some way rather than just an oral story.
Family picture of the owner with it perhaps. Old pay slips from the railway. Diary. Whatever you can find to back up the story.

Usually the history is lost but sounds like you have a direct link to the owners family and might be able to compile something.

Perhaps there is a chain for it somewhere as well.
If so they should stay together.

As a package with a history I could see this doing pretty well and a bit of wear would not be as much of an issue to railway people as it would be to a pure watch collector if the history is there.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:51 pm Reply with quote
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Well, I could certainly pass that info to my friend to pose to her mother in law. But it is my understanding she is not 100% anymore so there are other priorities in play.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:58 am Reply with quote
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It is a beauty-that dial sure looks great. If it isn't hl free it must be close. Not much you can do about the TT condition but just the hint of it is enough for me.
If it goes on ebay it'll be a real fistfight.

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OK it is now for Sale!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:42 am Reply with quote
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OK Guys-

My Lady Friend has decided to start taking offers on this watch. IF any of you guys are still interested, can make the offer here or by PM, and I will take the numbers to her and she will make a decision.

Thanks Again!

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SOLD!
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The watch has been sold to a fellow 149er.

Thanks again to all for your help!

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