We've put together a list of a few of our favorite books on the topic of watch collecting, and have listed them for your convenience on our watch books page.
This is a great starting point to learn about the fascinating and rewarding hobby of watch collecting, or to learn the history and/or value of a particular vintage watch.
If you really aren't sure what to do, take it to one of your local jewelers and ask them to show you how to open it.
While it is open, make sure you record everything written on the movement of the watch and the watch case. Kent Singer has written up a good explanation of how to open a watch case.
Watch cases can be made from a wide variety of materials.
and if there's no amount of money you would sell it for, then it's priceless!The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) is also an excellent resource for those interested in learning more about collecting vintage watches.Contact the NAWCC to see if there is a local chapter in your area.Chris Ozdoba has also written up a good explanation of how to open a watch case.Chris' explanation isn't as detailed as Kent's, but it includes pictures which can be very helpful.