Over the weekend I was going through some junk I’ve not touched for twenty years. Among a LOT of other stuff I found a bunch of old, probably dead, Timex watches. This was totally no bigee.
But there was one other watch in with the old Timex junker watches. I did not know it was there and I really cannot recall why I have this watch. It is a gold LeCoultre timepiece from circa 1960, and it works just fine!!
Looking this thing up on eBay it could easily be worth a thousand bucks!! It certainly does not belong in a junk box. If you’e thinking “who is this guy trying to kid”:
For my entire life I’ve never worn anything on my hands or wrists. It’s just a “thing” I have; cannot explain it. I never wear rings of any sort or nature. I never wear any sort of wristwatch and never have. I own several pocket watches. On the rare occasions I need to have a watch, I carry a pocket watch or wear one on a cord around my neck. But never anything on my hands or wrists.
Also back at that time I certainly did not have the kind of money it took to buy a LeCoultre watch; not even close. I have to assume these watches belonged to my dad. He passed away many years ago. If the LeCoultre watch was instead given to me long ago I would just have set it aside and forgotten it, as appears to have happened.
Anyway, can anyone help? Does anyone know about watches? The watch seems to run well and it is keeping excellent time. Should I just leave it alone or should it be serviced? Are wristwatches cleaned and oiled? This thing, insofar as I can determine, has 17 jewels. Do you clean and oil jewels?
I can remember when I was younger there were watch repair services offered in many places. Searching now on the net, there seem to be not so many watch repairers as in the past. And I do not want to entrust this watch for service to someone who is not highly skilled in watch repair.
I really have no intent to sell the watch. It is small and valuable so seems to me a good store of value, like gold itself. Really I just have no clue how a knowledgeable “watch person” would proceed at this point, since I’m not at all such a person. Maybe the best course it simply to “do nothing”, leave it alone, and watch its value continue to ascend. I’m definitely not putting this LeCoultre back into my junk box.