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Hi. I'm really sorry if i did something wrong but i need some help.
My grandfather of 89 years recently passed away, i'm trying to sell his estate and while doing so i came across this watch.
I don't know a thing about watches, so can anyone help me? It doesn't wind, it might be broken. The glass is kinda scratched up.
On the face it says
Hamilton

Electric

On the top of the back it says
STAINLESS STEEL
10K GOLD INLAY

On the bottom it says
HAMILTON(c)

Should i sell it as it is, or maybe get it repaired? I don't have alot of money right now

Here's some pictures, im really sorry if they're bad, my camera isn't too good.

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Any help would be wonderful.
Thank you all and bless you!
 

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Thank you, so i can try to sell it for 100$? Thats fantastic! I didn't think it would be worth so much
 

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Thank you, so i can try to sell it for 100$? Thats fantastic! I didn't think it would be worth so much
The $100 is the original selling price. Current value is subjective and based on condition and whether it is in running condition or not. Probably the easiest way to estimate value is to search completed listings on eBay. Of course that is just an estimate. If you take some decent pictures and write an honest description you will likely get some interest if you list on eBay. There are plenty of collectors of vintage Hamiltons, including the electric models.
 

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The $100 is the original selling price. Current value is subjective and based on condition and whether it is in running condition or not. Probably the easiest way to estimate value is to search completed listings on eBay. Of course that is just an estimate. If you take some decent pictures and write an honest description you will likely get some interest if you list on eBay. There are plenty of collectors of vintage Hamiltons, including the electric models.
Oh ok. I tried to look on google and Ebay but i cant find any of the same model :( All i can find is a 'quarts replacement'???

Editing because i figured out you can't wind it, it needs a battery LOL
Maybe thats why it has 'electric' written on the front
 

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Thanks for all the help!

I took it to a watch place today, the guy put a new battery in it and said the hand moved a few times but got 'stuck', he said it needs to be cleaned out and wants to charge me 150$ to clean it and 20$ for a new battery, should i do this?
 

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Thanks for all the help!

I took it to a watch place today, the guy put a new battery in it and said the hand moved a few times but got 'stuck', he said it needs to be cleaned out and wants to charge me 150$ to clean it and 20$ for a new battery, should i do this?
That seems on the high end of the scale. Besides, if he doesn't have experience with Hamilton Electrics specifically he may have more difficulty than he suspects. For that kind of money, just send it to Rene and get it done right.
 

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That seems on the high end of the scale. Besides, if he doesn't have experience with Hamilton Electrics specifically he may have more difficulty than he suspects. For that kind of money, just send it to Rene and get it done right.
Just be mindful that Rene currently has a moratorium on sending any new watches to him until March 15th so he can work on backlog.
 

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Just be mindful that Rene currently has a moratorium on sending any new watches to him until March 15th so he can work on backlog.
Dave, I don't own any "new" watches. Don't we send the "old" watches to Rene???? :confused1: :laugh:

OP, YES, send it to Rene and get it FIXED RIGHT! It's a cool watch and it's an heirloom! Even if you decide to sell it, having the world's foremost authority on Hamilton Electrics put in shape can only add to its value. Get it running, wear it awhile, think of your Grandfather. If you ultimately decide to part with it, offer it here in the "for sale" listings. It will sell, especially after it's received Rene's attention!

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Sorry to take so long.

I've been still pondering of fixing it up, or selling it as it is.
Would anyone buy my watch even if it didn't quiet run? Or would it be worth my money to put money into it?
 

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Sure, someone would buy it but it would be heavily discounted since very few people can overhaul it themselves. They'd want to send it out to get it repaired and that would be the same cost that you would face. Anyone who knows anything about Hamilton electrics would want a recently serviced watch and all would recognize Rene's name. If someone didn't know anything about Hamilton electrics then they would learn a fast lesson from the school of hard knocks when they tried to get it repaired.

If I were you and if the watch was sentimental to me I'd get it repaired by Rene and keep it for myself. If I didn't have the money I'd put it in a drawer until I did. If I needed $50-$100 I'd sell it on the swamp and move on.
 

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Another useless little bump, but I think you guys might be interested.

I've gone to another watch place, this time a small family-owned business. The guy offered to take it apart and look at it for free, cleaning should cost 30-40, which is lower than I expected.

Right now my plan is to, if i can, clean it up. Clean the movement and case, replace the crystal and possibly put on an authentic-looking leather band. If i can do that, then I plan on sitting on it for a few years, maybe 3-5 and see how the prices are. I hope they go up in price!
 

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If that was my grandfather's watch I'd put it away until a specialist could take care of the service. It's a desirable watch with a family history, so it has actual and sentimental value. I'd be wary about having just anyone work on it.
 

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I wish you well, whatever you decide.

But, I have three watches of my grandfather's, nice but, none terribly valuable. And you would have to pry them from my cold, dead fingers to get me to give them up.

You might look to pass it along, sell it, to a family member that carries your grandfather's name, if such a male relative exists. Family history like that only comes around once.:001_smile:
 

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I wish you well, whatever you decide.

But, I have three watches of my grandfather's, nice but, none terribly valuable. And you would have to pry them from my cold, dead fingers to get me to give them up.

You might look to pass it along, sell it, to a family member that carries your grandfather's name, if such a male relative exists. Family history like that only comes around once.:001_smile:
hello.

this is the BEST and most HONEST advise anyone could give you. take your time and think it over. i am sure you have nice memories of your grandfather.< i have,and i still miss him>
take care.
tony.
goodluck
 

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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Well, after a week I finally got word from the watch repair place I took my Hamilton to.

After more than a week...



They haven't figured out how to open it. So now I have to go pick it up.
Time for plan B
 

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whew! disaster averted, hopefully they didn't damage it trying to get it open
He said he was careful not to scratch the case.

This isn't a positive sign however. This guy has been fixing watches for 40 years and he can't open a Hamilton? What if the case is damaged already?
 
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