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    Feb 2013
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    Help identifying vintage watch.

    I was wondering if anyone has heard of Orvin watches and might know the value of this 14k ladies watch. It is my grandmothers and she wants to scrap it but thought I should research it for her first. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

    Oct 2004
    N. San Diego area (Pic of my two best 'finds'; son and grandson)
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    Another onliner's opinion from some time ago:
    Orvin watches were sold exclusively by Sears and Roebucks and were largely either of a relatively inexpensive mechanism (ebauche) or a more highly regarded movement from Cortebert. Immediately after the second world war the Swiss watchmaking industry dominated the watch market, but Orvin is generally not a sought after brand for collectors, and certainly not outside the USA where a certain sentimental interest probably buoys pricesAnyway, if you've got the lower quality ebauche I would think the watch is worth a few dollars, and if it is the more high-end ebauche, maybe 50 dollars if it is good condition and working.. if you can open the back and take a picture of the movement that would be helpful in establishing the type of watch. Incidentally, the 17 jewels is exactly what you'd expect in a normal fully-jeweled watch and the jewels themselves are artificial rubies of no intrinsic worth.

  3. #3

    Feb 2013
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    Thank you. I would say it is the high end since it is 14k but it sounds like the gold scrap is going to be the major value. Thanks again.

  4. #4
    Dec 2013
    Springfield, MO
    Garrett AT Gold
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    BigMike, I repaired watches for local jewelers in SW Missouri for years and I belonged to several collectors groups and scoured the internet for prices. I was a member of the NAWCC and AWI. That was a while back but I can tell you I have never seen a lady's watch sought after by collectors. There is no collector's value in lady's watches. Scrap it.
    Last edited by BabyNeedsANewPairO'Shoes; Dec 11, 2013 at 08:52 PM.



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