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Finding a Military Wristwatch, Timepiece or Clock


The most important consideration for a collector to see on a military watch is condition. However this does not mean that an item has to be highly cleaned and polished to achieve the greatest resale price. In fact if an item is just dirty and age patina has occurred, it is best just to leave everything in place, when the item is introduced to a buyer. Collectors prefer a military watch or military clock to retain the original finish, rather than the case becoming highly polished.

I have seen a number of military watches, and other military timepieces being spoilt by use of heavy abrasive compounds being used on cases and the “glass”, the worse cases are use of a wire brush and sandpaper! These will all damage the item as well as the value of it.

Another common site is the dismantling or attempted dismantling, because of the age of these items it is best left to those that have experience in this field. Damage can occur in the form of stripped threads, to more severe and permanent damage – many military wrist watches require specialist tools to open them. Also the movements themselves may require specialist attention if damage has been caused by inquisitive hands.

If a military wrist watch has its original strap that will add to the value, even if it is old and damaged. Therefore it is not advisable to remove an original strap in poor condition and replace with a modern strap that looks out of character with the watch.

If a military watch, military timepiece or military clock is found and is wanted to be sold, the best thing to be undertaken is nothing, apart from removal from a damp environment, and put in a safe place.

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