Many items are worth more than their gold value. It takes an expert to know the difference — and to share that knowledge with you. This small, heavy art deco men’s Hamilton from 1936 is an excellent example. This watch was given to a St. Petersburg fire chief in the 1930s and has fine, blue enamel, special-order decorations on the back cover and an inscription on the inside.
These low-jeweled watches typically only sell for 10 percent more than their gold value, but the firefighter genre of collectibles heavily influences value. While the gold value of this watch is under $500, fair market value as a firefighter collectible is closer to $1,000, and the appraised value would be closer to $2,000.
$1,000-$2,000/ 1930s MEN’S HAMILTON FIREMAN’S POCKET WATCH
This is an archival article formerly written and is for informational purposes only. The valuations in this article have likely changed since it was first written.