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About 20 years ago I was given this watch by my uncle who was given it by an aristocratic elderly lady in London. Over the years i've come across it as i've moved house and this time I thought i'd try and find out something about it and whether it had a resale value. The watch works perfectly.

My uncle was told by the lady that the watch was 1930's and was bought from H.L. Brown, one of Yorkshire's leading specialist jewellers for more than 140 years. I cannot find out much online about Bonheur, only that the watch is "Swiss made" Has anyone ever heard of Bonheur? Please click here to view some photo's of the watch. Any information on Bonheur and advice on its relative value would be much appreciated.

Many thanks
Nicola
 

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First of all, welcome to WUS! I hope we can help you find out more about watches... :)

This forum is more oriented towards inquiries about dealers and the like, I stumbled across this by accident. Next time, please check what forums are there to post so that people will see the question. No big thing, but asking the questin in the right place helps...

If you take a look over at the vintage and pocket watch forum, you will see a sticky post at the top why we don't do valuations. Since your watch is gold, you definitely have some value there based on current gold prices, but we don't do valuations. There are professional appraisers whose job it is to find that out for you, and we simply don't do that on-line (it'd be extremely unfair to you as well, given that there's a lot of information that we'd never see by never handling the watch...).

So, that said, it appears that you have a custom-made watch from a relatively high-level jeweler. These kinds of watches are more jewelry than watch, given the one-off nature and the relative importance of design and materials. Without knowing what is inside the watch, we can't help you any further.

That said, it looks to date from the 1960s. Many jewelers converted to quartz watch movements for this kind of watch in the late 1960s, and this one looks to me to be from this time period, based on the use of the automatic movement and in general the chunky design. Previous to the late 1960s/early 1970s, high-end jewelry would have been less bold in design and more concerned about high-quality craftsmanship, rather than bold design and extravagant use of material.

Hope that helps!

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Moved from Inquiries to Vintage & Pocket watches, where you probably get more answers. Good luck.
 
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