Pocket watch resoration

I recently recieved a pocket watch from my father's estate. The watch was made in 1874 and has a serial number of 140377.  How can I learn more about this watch and where should I take it for a cleaning and possible restoraion?

Hi Co, welcome to the Lounge. The best solution for you would
06/30/2008 - 12:14

be to send your watch directly to VC for service and restoration. As the watch is an antique VC will have any spare parts which would eventually be needed. As to have the full history (ie: date of production, place of sale etc...) you can ask VC for a certificate of authenticity.

To find out about the process go to www.vacheron-constantin.com and click on "Services".

Keeep us posted and don't hesitate to post a scan of your watch.

Re: Hi Co, welcome to the Lounge. The best solution for you would
06/30/2008 - 15:48

I thought I had uploaded pictures yesterday?  I'll try again.

Thanks for the information.

Co

Its a great looking watch and I can only suggest you
06/30/2008 - 16:43

have VC service it as the dial has some cracks and the inking on the cover is fadding (I would guess the movement would need servicing as well).

Re the specific history of this watch, via the case and movement numbers VC will be able to fin the exact date of production along with any anecdote that goes with it.

Re: Its a great looking watch and I can only suggest you
06/30/2008 - 23:50

Dear sir,

I have received an e-mail from Mr. Daniel Adams advising me to ship the watch to:

VC Service Center* 15100 Trinity Blvd. Suite 300 Fort Worth, TX 76155

Mr. Adams advises that I use UPS or FedX and that I insure the package.

I intend to do so tomorrow, but I have no idea what to insure this watch for. 

Would I be safe insuring it for $1,000 $2,000?....  $5,000?  Who knows?

Thanks,

Co

difficult question why don't you insure the watch for $5000 just to
07/01/2008 - 12:38

be safe?

Re: difficult question why don't you insure the watch for $5000 just to
10/23/2008 - 00:19

Alex, It has been four months since I sent my watch off to Vacheron.  I have now received a quotation for repair of approx. $14,000 USD.  Before I spend this kind of money I would like to know the value of this watch.  How does one go about determining the value or getting an appraisal. Thank you, Courtenay