This is my first time on here so I apologize in advance if I am not following a certain procedure.
This watch was given to me in 1960. My uncle was a buyer of watches & jewelry for jewelers in Milan and other cities. He traveled to Chaux de Fonds frequently as well as other areas of Switzerland.
Around 1994 I had the watch serviced in New York. I was told at that time, the watchmaker was famous & the watch valuable. I have seen online a remarkably similar watch by Phillipe Patek. Here are the facts I have. My uncle purchased many Levrette watches at the same time. Charles Wilhelm & Cie. was the manufacturer. This company has gone through various owners Schwartz Etienne & currently Rinaldo Radicchi.
I don't know if there is another marking on the inside of the timepiece other than the usual places but the watchmaker in New York said it was inside the mechanics. Maybe he meant Wilhelm, I don't know.
I wear the watch rarely and has been well-protected. It's time to part with the watch. I have the paperwork I have collected. My assumption is that my watch is a prototype. My uncle had bought several Levrette watches for the women members of the family & I am guessing for a young girl he bought a beautiful watch that cost less since it did not have the popular manufacturers name. I contacted the Swiss watch museum & Swiss watchmakers organization. I am guessing as one company absorbs another records cease to exist.
What is the best way to sell this watch? The Phillipe Patek look alike goes for 7k- since this is Wilhelm what is fair value?
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