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You collect watches, my Dad has died, and I found all these old watches. You sell them and you can have half of what they sell for.


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30 minutes ago, SolaVeritate said:

Have you calculated "tower" sheds? 

A % of the floor size must be evaluated for stairwell and lift options but it greatly effects the maths.

A caveman cannot have too many man caves. I think it's written law or something, I did read it somewhere...or dreamt it. :teethsmile:

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Interesting how feeling can vary depending on the people, the personalities and circumstances.  Some people would not dream of selling their late beloved's watch(es), others may see them as reminders that make them sad (so sad, they sell them), others still feel nothing at all for the watches. :sadwalk:

Fortunately, I've never been asked to assess the watches of the departed. Valuable or not it's a thankless task - you can end up being told something like; "Well, Jim said it was worth £500 and you're telling me my father's precious watch, that he wore every day with pride, is only worth a tenner? Are you trying to rip me off?". :tumbleweed:

We've all seen the look of disappointment on the face of the Antique's Roadshow visitor with their piece of china, handed down by generation from their great, great grandmother, who is told that if it were in perfect condition, and it was 30 years ago, it would be worth alot more than their  'yesterday's antique' it is worth now.

For many watches it's simply not worth the effort of selling online once you take into account the fees, the cost of P&P, your time to list it, monitor it, dispatch it, etc., for say £20.  Better just give to a charity shop. :yes:

If you ask, charities will issue receipts for donated items (with estimated values) that can be used in Probate to offset any HMRC tax liabilities (should there be any). :thumbs_up:

And as a general rule, it's far better to clear any 'stuff' you think no-one will be interested in when your gone (in my case pretty much everything:laugh:) before you go - it saves alot of heartache and work. :thumbsup:

Beware of house clearance though; in my experience they use Del Boy as a business role model. :huh:

As for Norman...

 

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8 minutes ago, RTM Boy said:

 

Valuable or not it's a thankless task - you can end up being told something like; "Well, Jim said it was worth £500 and you're telling me my father's precious watch, that he wore every day with pride, is only worth a tenner? Are you trying to rip me off?". 

 

 

THIS !!

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9 minutes ago, RTM Boy said:

Interesting how feeling can vary depending on the people, the personalities and circumstances. 

Not watches in this case, but my mother had a lot of china ornaments in cabinets. I don't have the taste for them at all, so when she passed on I kept three pieces I knew she treasured, gifted the more valuable pieces to friends and relatives as mementos, and sold the rest to a good dealer. I then gave the revenue to MacMillan.

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1 hour ago, BooJewels said:

It was spelter or pewter or something

Years ago my wife bought a couple of Spelter statues at an agricultural show. A pair of ancient greek warriors - we call them Castor and Pollux. Castor sadly broke his sword in battle and the plume of Pollux's helmet got knocked off, so I had to repair it. Probably worth about 60p too, but they're still rather fine things to look at. In better condition they'd probably be worth something.

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23 minutes ago, spinynorman said:

Years ago my wife bought a couple of Spelter statues at an agricultural show. A pair of ancient greek warriors - we call them Castor and Pollux. Castor sadly broke his sword in battle and the plume of Pollux's helmet got knocked off, so I had to repair it. Probably worth about 60p too, but they're still rather fine things to look at. In better condition they'd probably be worth something.

I'm sure there's a gag somewhere in there about Pollux's helmet.  But I'm off my game and a bit distracted today. 

Spelter's funny stuff if it breaks, sort of white and crystalline inside - and unlike most metals, has no give whatsoever.  At least the boys found a good, appreciative home with you.

I'm currently clearing my parents' house and have also vowed to be less clutter-full myself in future.  Easier said than done, I'm gradually topping my own gubbins up with stuff of theirs I'm bringing home.  It's heart breaking really, that things they treasured have very little value to sell on - yet stupid stuff sells well.  my father used to smoke pipes in the dim and distant past and I've made more money selling lots of those than everything else put together. 

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Hire a roller - drive to theirs and give them a fiver for their share of the sale, maybe also sport a large cigar, which you would ostentatiously wave about.

I assume you don't normally drive a roller, smoke large cigars or that you mind spending on the hire costs for a prank which on reflection might not be that funny.

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So the general consensus is that I Nev (formerly known as tick-tock-tittle-tattle...AKA Paul) should tell Nebuchadnezzar, also known as Neb or Nezz that his deceased Father Ned regrettably bought rubbish watches.

I should also tell Nebuchadnezzar, also known as Neb or Nezz to keep the Smiths Empire pocket watch, and donate the others to a charity shop as that is probably Ned would have wanted.

...and finally I should tell Nebuchadnezzar, also known as Neb or Nezz that it is impossible to have too many sheds.

I think that about sums it up this thread???

Disclaimer

Names have been changed to protect the Horologically challenged. :teethsmile:

 

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Just delicately tell them that while he obviously had a good eye for watches, they aren't the sort of brands that collectors tend to go for.  You'll have to be honest with the value, but make it sound like it's the fault of someone else (watch people... tsk). :wink:

I've just had to tell one of my best mates that the La Coste watch he got for Christmas isn't the 500 quid grail he had been told it was. Got to the point he was being paranoid about wearing it!  I was very delicate of course... you know me. :rolleyes:

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8 hours ago, tick-tock-tittle-tattle said:

So you are told that the father of your wife's best friend's daughter's partner ( I know...convoluted already this story, we'll call him 'NORMAN' so I don't have to go through that again) has sadly passed away, and there is a box of old watches that they would like you to have a look at. They obviously hold no sentimental value as 'NORMAN' says "you get them fixed, and sold and we'll go halves on what they sell for"

I hate it when people think you are some sort of watch 'guru' because you own a few watches, can size up watch bracelets, can change a watch battery, and can replace a watch crystal.

So the box arrives, and they think I'm Uri Geller and can get these watches working again by closing my eyes, rubbing the watch, or smell the watches and tell them what's wrong with them.

The assessment of the 5 or so watches is as follows...

One manual wind Smiths Empire watch from the 1960's-1970's, 2 further quartz pocket watches (Unnamed & Royal London), 2 x cheap Chinese quartz watches worth less than the new batteries I will put in them, and finally a Sekonda quartz dress watch worth approx £5, I think all the watches are worth not much more than £20-£30 ish (would have been nice to have found an old Patek Philippe or something tasty)

So...how do you tell 'NORMAN' that his Dad's watch collection is virtually worthless as far as resale value, and priceless in sentimental value?

Have you ever been asked something similar, and have you found 'The Good, the Bad, or the Ugly' :crazy5vh:

Best advice tell them in respect of their owner and to honour him let's cremate or bury the watches with him. Amen.

Sorted dead waste of time...

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Quick update on this one...

I have popped the back off these quartz watches to change the batteries and all the pocket watches with quartz movements have the Miyota 2115, and all the quartz wrist watches have the Miyota 2115 movements in them.

My initial reaction was what are the chances of a guy going out randomly buying wrist watches, and pocket watches at different times, and they all have the same movement in them.

Then reality kicks in and you then understand that if anyone goes out and randomly buys 'cheap' watches that a really low cost movement will be used, and they don't come much lower cost than a Miyota 2115.

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