How to Value a Watch

By eHow Contributor

For many people watches are popular items to collect or to invest in. You might need a value on a watch for insurance purposes or just to know its market value. These are some ideas on how to find the value of a watch.

Research the market for the type of watch you like to value. Determine the watch's brand, its condition and period. Use a jewelry or a watch price guide to learn about the market for your watch and about the price ranges.

Search online for watch price guides. There are various sites that provide watch prices and appraisal information. Using some of these sites you can learn about how watch brands compare to each other and how much you can expect to pay or get for particular watch brands. You can find price guides for: New watches, used watches and vintage watches.

Visit the internet site eBay to find out value ranges for your watch. Go to the eBay antique or collectible page and find watches that have sold in the completed auctions. Using the completed auctions you may see the prices paid for your type of watch and their conditions.

Use a professional jewelry or watch appraiser from a reputable antique or watch store. For a fee, a professional will provide you with a value for your watch and will give you an appraisal certificate.

Look up auction houses, such as Christie's and Sotheby's. Find completed auctions for your watch and check the price ranges paid. These houses will provide a catalogue for a fee.