Been mod at the Hamilton forum since 2009 and admit to occassionally rolling my eyes to the never ending string of "just inherited this from Grandad; what is it and what's it worth?" posts.
Well, I'm now that poster
I'm an expat living in Zambia; three weeks ago a work colleague's father passed away. As the office "watch guy" she has come to me seeking advice about her father's Patek; the usual questions: What's it worth, what would be the best way to sell it etc. There's no thought of passing the watch onto a family member; the family are all keen to convert the assets to cash. Being in Zambia it is not as easy as putting it on ebay - ebay and PayPal don't operate here and, even they did, there's no way the watch could be sent out by couriers such as FedEx or DHL. (I have had a $20K down hole probe vanish in transit and also a CD of data - in both cases the courier company could not even hazard a guess at where the items had got to - so much for shipment tracking).
I've asked my colleague for details regarding the watch but she has no idea when or where it was purchased.
So - would very much appreciate if you could let me know what she has, the best market for it (US, Europe, ebay etc etc) and what she could expect to receive from (a) a reseller or (b) a collector. I suppose the biggest question is how active is the market for a watch such as this?
Many thanks in advance.