Help with Pocket Watch

Re: Help with Pocket Watch
01/26/2010 - 06:05
Re: Re: Help with Pocket Watch
01/26/2010 - 06:09

I do not have production numbers but VC made very few watches and even
01/26/2010 - 15:30
less pocket watches at the time. It was sold to a retailer in New York, other than that I do not have any specific ownership story. Hope this helps
01/26/2010 - 17:37
And a complete set too!  Your picture don't scale up...can you load some larger views for us to enjoy?
Re: Help with Pocket Watch
01/26/2010 - 18:37

Thank you for all of the replies. Hopefully, these pictures will be big enough to enjoy. I just heard back from the concierge, and he confirmed that my watch, since it is not an official "limited edition", that no quantity info is available. I have heard that the number is likely in the "few hundred" range. I've only seen 1 other like this one. I was unable to contact the owner of that watch. It is a beautiful piece and I appreciate the kind words and assistance.  Ted

fantastic watch! pristine and with all documents...a treat !
01/26/2010 - 21:39
Date of Manufacture?
01/26/2010 - 22:19
Did they confirm your date of 1963?  I would have placed it a decade earlier.
Re: Date of Manufacture?
01/27/2010 - 01:46
Yes, the concierge confirmed the date as 1963. This watch is also a 2nd owner watch. The only value that VC can give is the original selling price from 1963. I'm not sure that will help me. It may take a while to determine a value for this watch. I'm glad to share the pics and thanks again for all of the help and kind words. Ted
Re: Re: Help with Pocket Watch
01/27/2010 - 01:49

What years did Gary Ketterer serve as president of VC?

Re: Re: Help with Pocket Watch
01/27/2010 - 02:07
Okay, sorry...I should have typed GEORGE Ketterer...I found a timeline that indicates George became president in 1965. Could that mean that this watch did not find an owner for 2 years after it's production?
Similar Watch on Antiquorum
01/27/2010 - 05:35
A very similar watch was sold by Antiquorum in 2008.  It was the same style, with case 353xxx and movement 494xxx and was described as an early 1950s men's oversize dress watch.  The term "oversize" is misleading unless you keep in mind that previous dress watches were in the 40mm range, while I expect yours is over 45mm. As far as the dates go, it is very possible that due to low demand (as Alex said there were very few pocketwatches made in that period...simply because they were not as popular) the case and movement were kept in inventory for a good ten years before an order was received and the watch assembled.  At that time the documents would be prepared before the piece was sent to the retailer.