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What’s It Worth? The Ever-Collectible Bulova Accutron

In 1952, Bulova watch company was one of the leading manufacturers of affordable – indeed fine – timepieces in America. In fact, it is often written that in the 1940s and ’50s, they were one of the biggest advertisers of any product of any kind in the U.S.!

What’s It Worth? Experience A Glimpse Into Our World’s History

What’s It Worth - Experience A Glimpse Into Our World’s History

What’s It Worth - Experience A Glimpse Into Our World’s History These past few weeks have been pretty exciting at Hess Fine Art as we’ve been getting ready for our big fall arts, sports, important silver and autograph auction. This month we purchased three nice paintings. The one pictured is an important watercolor by Otto Eerleman that we purchased from a local art dealer. It depicts Napoleon at a rest stop in France. Our auction estimate is $7000-$9000.

What’s It Worth? More On Market Value Vs Celebrity Value

What’s It Worth - More On Market Value Vs Celebrity Value

A few months ago, we boasted about our “robust watchmaking department” with two Rolex- and Audemars Piguettrained watchmakers on staff, and discussed the Rolex President (owned by Paul Stanley of KISS) that we were asked to repair.

What’s It Worth? Value By Land, Sea And Air

What’s It Worth? Value By Land, Sea And Air

We distinguish vintage men’s watches three ways … land, sea and air.

Land watches are typically characterized as chronographs and alarm watches. Chronographs at one time were used to time sporting events – most often, horse races and auto races. Any chronograph, working or not, is worth at least $100 and some vintages such as Omega, Breitling and Longines, bring in $500-$2,000  – in steel, and more in gold – even if they don’t work.

What’s It Worth? On Millennials And Diamonds

What’s It Worth - On Millennials And Diamonds

It’s been said that millennials aren’t interested in diamonds, but I haven’t found that to be the case. While statistics indicate that they prefer to shop online, diamonds are one of the few items that should never be purchased sight unseen — even experts don’t do that. Why? Because a diamond’s visual impact can vary considerably due to the tiniest differences in cut or polish.

What’s It Worth? The High Value Of Promotion

What’s It Worth - The High Value Of Promotion

It’s been said that there is a fine line between promotion and advertising. In some languages, the words “propaganda” and “advertising” are the same word!

What’s It Worth? Decadent, Collectible Georgian-Era Jewelry

What’s It Worth? Decadent, Collectible Georgian-Era Jewelry

Have you ever heard of a stomacher? Stomachers were very popular in the Georgian time period (circa 1730-1830), and continued into the early 20th century in some circles.

What’s It Worth? Sometimes It Just Takes A “Woman’s Touch”

What’s It Worth? Sometimes It Just Takes A “Woman’s Touch”

… and sometimes a woman’s touch can be firm. As we have discussed in the past, valuation is legally variable. Retail, wholesale, fair market and liquidation value are all legal definitions with differing results.

Recently, a woman came into our St. Petersburg store to obtain a valuation for her jewelry. The reason was sad, and one of the least favorite parts of our business. A divorce was underway and her attorney had advised her to get a valuation so the couple could untangle their finances and end their marriage.

What’s It Worth? When It Comes To Diamonds - Know Your Jeweler

What’s It Worth? When It Comes To Diamonds - Know Your Jeweler

Over the past 20 years, identifying genuine diamonds from non-genuine has become a landmine of possible tragedy or disappointment. The reason you need to know your jeweler is because there are so many variations of diamond misdirection, scams and confusion. In the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, all you had to worry about were fraudulent certificates from less-than-stellar labs.

What’s It Worth? The Iconic Omega Speedmaster Chronograph

What’s It Worth? The Iconic Omega Speedmaster Chronograph

The collecting community has fixated on Rolex and Patek Philippe as the most collectible watches – however, one comparatively overlooked, highly collectible watch is the Omega Chronograph.

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