Andre Duval Question

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Andre Duval Question

#1 Post by USMCJS » Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:24 pm

An elderly friend discovered this watch in storage and asked what I know about it (which is nothing ). It is missing the winding knob. It's a quartz watch. The inside back indicates it is "Swiss made". I see no evidence that any part of it is solid gold. I assume it is gold plated but not even sure of that. Perhaps the writing on the inside of the back gives a clue. PLAQ 2m and the number 555.125 is printed there.

It does have a beautiful dial and appears to be a Day / Date watch.

I don't know what she wants to do with it. I'm not a collector. I would like to tell her if it's worth repairing and what the value might be. I might then try to sell it for her.

Any advice appreciated.
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Re: Andre Duval Question

#2 Post by afire » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:08 pm

"Plaq 2M" means plated, 2 microns thickness. Watches like this are sort of the equivalent of costume jewelry. They may look nice and serve their purpose, but don't really have a lot of value. I don't know what it would cost to repair, maybe just a new battery and crown. A lot of jewelers would probably send it out and wind up charging you $100, but it could be more like $25-$30 if you have a nice local watchmaker who doesn't mind doing minor repairs like this. Probably even that isn't a great investment. Watches like this sell on eBay mostly in the $10-$50 range. But, if somebody likes it and wants to use it, then $25-$30 doesn't seem an unreasonable investment at all. It's just not a money-maker.
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