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rarewares, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
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Experience:  Antiques dealer for over 10 years specializing in porcelain, glass, art, furniture, coins, watches, sterling silver, pocket watches, and jewelry.
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Looking for approximate value of a Rockford pocket watch

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looking for approximate value of a Rockford pocket watch S/N44031 It has a porcelain face The case is a Dueber Special gold fill case. It belonged to my grandfather
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Tell us what else you do know and the Antiques Appraiser will be able to better assist you.
Customer: numbers on the watch case is(###) ###-####Based on serial number I believe the watch was manufactured around 1893
JA: Is there anything else the Antiques Appraiser should be aware of?
Customer: Not that I'm aware of
Submitted: 9 days ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  rarewares replied 9 days ago.

My name isCustomerand I would love to help.
Please use the Add Files feature to add pictures of the watch, dial, inner case (where there will be marks, words or symbols) and the movement.
The serial number on a watch is on the movement (gears area) and not on the case. Those are always two different numbers.

Add pictures one at a time( add one, hit send, then do the next).

Once you do, give me some time to research.

No need to sit by the computer, you will get an email when I respond.

To open the back cuvee( dust cover), you can use the edge of your fingernail or the edge of asharp knife at what would be the 2 o'clock position if you looked at the cuvee in terms of a clock face.

There is a raised lip in the region that allows for leverage to pop the case open.

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
the serial number is *****
17 J
Adjusted is inscribed as well as the rockford company name rockford illinois
the case is a dumber special with a number of(###) ###-####engraved on it
Expert:  rarewares replied 9 days ago.

This is an 1892 Rockford size 18s pocket watch in

a Dueber gold-filled (not gold) case with a 17-jewel, grade 60 movement.

This watch has a current value of $80 to $100 retail.

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Expert:  rarewares replied 8 days ago.

I am following up to see if you have read your answer and need further help with this item.
Please do let me know.