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The Hamilton Watch Company was a fixture in downtown Lancaster from 1892 to 1969, and its production complex on Wheatland Avenue was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Acquired by Swatch, its watches were worn by many explorers and film stars.
 clocks there. One of the literal crown jewels in its collection is a pocket watch that once belonged to Queen Caroline Bonaparte Murat of France.
For a variety of reasons, many people who’ve either inherited or purchased a rare or expensive watch may be interested in having
it appraised and possibly sold, especially if they’re of the Rolex generation. Many jewelers can give these appraisals. If the owner already knows it is valuable, Sotheby’s, Christie’s
and Phillips would be more than happy to take your call. So will the WatchBox, one
of the newest watch-commerce platforms, headquartered in Bala Cynwyd but with
offices in major American cities, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Founded in 2017, it buys and sells timepieces.
Perhaps the main reason watches have staying power is their ability to adapt to
the interests of their owners. While today’s generation may not be as interested in
how their timepiece functions atop
Mount Everest or hundreds of feet under the sea, they may want their Apple Watch to automatically call for assistance if they’ve crashed the family car.
After all, time doesn’t stand still—even for vintage watches.
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