1904 English Smith & Son Tourbillon Pocket Watch | New Orleans, Hour 3 | Preview


GUEST: Well, it was a
gift from my father. My father grew up in
Greenwich, Connecticut. It was given to him
from a neighbor. His neighbor was a civil
engineer, and his neighbor also
ran a radio repair shop in his basement, and my dad
helped him repair radios. And he actually told me
that this man inspired him
to go on to M.I.T., and… So it’s really special. APPRAISER: We know it’s a pocket
watch, it’s 18-karat gold. It was made by Smith
& Son in London. GUEST: Okay. APPRAISER: And they
were famous watchmakers. They made watches for
the British royalty,
they made them for the
Admiralty, for the navy. They were very famous for
making chronometers and
very accurate timepieces. They also made watches
for the king of Spain. GUEST: Oh, okay. Because it’s called the king
of Spain watch by my family. APPRAISER: Oh, is that right? GUEST: Right, it’s
written somewhere on it,
I think on the inside. APPRAISER: Okay, well, we’ll
open it up and look at it. Let’s study the face
of the watch first. You have an hour hand, of
course, like all watches. And a minute hand, and a
constant running second hand. But do you know what
that little dial is, and
that hand is, up there? GUEST: I’m not sure, I think
it said, “Wind,” on it. It says, “Up-Down.” APPRAISER: Wind? GUEST: Yeah. APPRAISER: Okay. GUEST: That’s all I know. APPRAISER: It’s called a
power reserve indicator
or a winding indicator. And basically it would tell you
how much time the watch had left
before it would stop ticking so you would know when
to wind the watch. GUEST: Oh, “Wind.” (chuckles) APPRAISER: And I’m just going
to give it a quick turn. As we… turn the watch to
wind it, watch that hand move. Do you see it’s moving? GUEST: Oh, look at that. Okay. APPRAISER: And so, that winding
indicator would turn, and
you would know when you wound the watch all the way up. You’d also know when you’d
have to wind the watch again. It’s a very heavy case,
18-karat solid gold. The case was made by
Frederick Thoms, who was a
famous English case maker. Now, the watch has an
enamel-porcelain dial, which has
a very faint hairline crack, and that was about the only
flaw that I could see in it. But other than that, the watch
has a very special feature
that I want to show you. GUEST: Okay. APPRAISER: When we open up
the back of the watch, you’ll
see here that– there’s the escapement of the watch. Now, this has a very
special type of escapement
known as a tourbillion. GUEST: Okay. APPRAISER: And the whole
escapement makes one
revolution every 60 seconds. Tourbillions were invented by
Breguet, who was really the most
famous watchmaker in France. He was 50 years ahead
of everybody else. Breguet didn’t make this
actual tourbillion, but
this was his invention. And what it was made for was
to counteract the effects
of gravity on the watch. When a watch lays flat, gravity
is pulling on it and can
affect the timekeeping of it. And if you turn the watch
over, now gravity’s pulling
on it in another way. So it was thought that if
the escapement was constantly
revolving, gravity would never be pulling on it in one
particular direction. And, therefore, it would
be of the utmost accuracy. These escapements are
really incredibly rare. GUEST: Really? APPRAISER: Now you mentioned
the king of Spain watch. And it’s upside-down, but it
says, “Maker to the Admiralty,”
and it’s signed by the maker here, Smith & Son, London. It also says, “His Majesty,
the King of Spain,”
with the royal warrants. And one other interesting
feature on these watches is that
it actually spun all the way around here. Your watch is hallmarked
and I dated them. The case was
manufactured in 1904. I think this case could
be as heavy as three
ounces of 18-karat gold- GUEST: Okay. APPRAISER: -which at present
gold prices today would put the
gold value at over $2,000 and close to $3,000. GUEST: Oh, wow, okay. APPRAISER: The power reserve
indicator adds a little
bit to the value of it. So a watch like this with
a power reserve indicator–
nice, heavy, big English watch, with a normal escapement,
would retail for around
$4,000 to $5,000. GUEST: Wow. APPRAISER: This watch, in the
present market, would retail between $40,000 to $50,000. GUEST: Oh, my gosh,
you’re kidding. APPRAISER: No. GUEST: Wow, I had no idea. (laughs) I better
be careful with it. APPRAISER: This tourbillion
escapement is still rare today. And it’s made for very
collectible watches. Let’s take an example of, like,
a Patek Philippe wristwatch. A strapped, Patek Philippe,
18-karat gold, retail price,
let’s say is around $20,000. GUEST: Wow. APPRAISER: That same watch
with a tourbillion escapement
would retail by Patek Philippe between $200,000 and $250,000. GUEST: Oh, wow. APPRAISER: So it’s
something really wonderful
to have and very special. GUEST: That’s amazing. Well, I knew it was a
special watch, but I
didn’t know how special.

100 Replies to “1904 English Smith & Son Tourbillon Pocket Watch | New Orleans, Hour 3 | Preview”

  1. She's very pretty but her cuteness makes her beautiful.
    His pronunciation of tourbillon is atrocious as is his definition. When a watch lies flat, gravity has even effect. It was designed for pocket watches as they sat vertical all day.
    His pronunciation of Patek Philippe, while not common, is correct. Listen to the president of Patek Philippe, Thierry Stern, say it here
    https://youtu.be/wRXoXVYx1e4?t=146

  2. Rick would give her $50 for the watch. Because, you know, he gotta clean it up, polish, repair whatever can be repaired, and put it on a shelf for God knows how long…..

  3. I had to go back to this to see the watch again- but with the sound off. If I hear this clown-suited Florida land whale say "tor-billion" one more time my disgust at ARS's use of self-promoting volunteer "experts" will rise into the aneurism range. It is fun though to hear the young female watch enthusiast remark about the wind speed weather feature on the watch though.

  4. There are a lot of butt hurt horological experts here crying like children about people’s pronunciations. Get over yourselves.

  5. must be joking, this watch can easily worth more than 500k. 18k gold and 100 years old?! with flying tourbillon . don't get fooled by this man.

  6. OMG 2 things. 1. Why cant I meet someone with a watch like this and say "I will give you $1,000 for it!" and 2. Please dont say Tour-Billon if you are a watch guy….. Cringe

  7. It's pronounced Tour-Be-On not Tour-Billion and the word is French for whirlwind. Contrary to popular belief they don't make the watch more accurate, in fact they generally make it a lot worse. While they were an attempt to create a more accurate escapement, in practice the opposite was true.

  8. She's hiding a clever set'0'tits there . How clever ?
    Well . They have got me figured out . Howja like ta Tour My Billion Babeee?

  9. Why do you think Americans can’t tell the difference in the words wind, and wind?

    Her answer: I personally believe that US Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and I believe that our education and such as South Africa and the Iraq everywhere like such as and I believe that they should that our education over here in the US should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future.

  10. You look at a watch. You look at the word "wind" on the face of the watch and you think it's "wind" as in air that blows? Oy vey.

  11. НУ ЧТО ЖЕ ВЫ – ФСБЕШНОЕ ОТРОДЬЕ РОССИИ – НАГАДИЛИ !!!! И ЗАКРЫЛИСЬ ?????? А – ОБОССАВШИЕСЯ УПЫРИ !!! А – ????????? НЕ ОБОССАЛИСЬ БЫ – НЕ БЫЛО БЫ У МЕНЯ БЛОКИРОВКИ !!! НЕ БЫЛО БЫ – ОБОССАННЫЕ ОТ СТРАХУ – УПЫРИ !!! ПОТОМ – КРОВЬЮ ССАТЬ БУДЕТЕ !!!! Я ЕЩЁ В СВОЕЙ ЖИЗНИ – НАСКОЛЬКО ПОМНЮ – НИКОГО НЕ ПРОЩАЛ !!! ДЕЛО ВРЕМЕНИ !!!!! И ВСЁ !!! ВРЕМЕНИ !!!!!! ИГРУ КИДАТЬ СООТЕЧЕСТВЕННИКУ – ВЫ СКОТ – ПО ОПРЕДЕЛЕНИЮ !!! И ПО ВСЕМ ЗАКОНАМ ЧЕЛОВЕЧЕСКИМ – НЕ ЛЮДИ !!!! СОТРУДНИКИ ФСБ РОССИИ – ИГРУ КИДАЮТ СОГРАЖДАНАМ – ЗАБАВЛЯЮТСЯ !!!! НЕДОЧЕЛОВЕКИ ОБОССАВШИЕСЯ ОТ СТРАХУ !!! СДЕЛАЮ !!!! ЛИБО – МОИ ДЕНЬГИ !!!!! БУДЕТ ТОЛЬКО ДВА ВАРИАНТА !!!! СДЕЛАННЫЕ ФСБЕШНЫИЕ УПЫРИ !!!! ИЛИ МОИ ДЕНЬГИ С ПРОЦЕНТАМИ !!! ТРЕТЬЕГО НЕ ДАНО !!!!! ЗНАЛИ ВЫ В ТОМ МАЕ – КОГДА ИГРЫ МНЕ КИДАЛИ – ??????? НИ ХУЯ НЕ ЗНАЛИ – ЧТО ЗАКРЫВАТЬСЯ ОТ МЕНЯ БУДЕТЕ !!! А ЧЕРЕЗ НЕКОТОРОЕ ВРЕМЯ – ЗАКРЫВАНИЕ ЭТО – СЧАСТЬЕМ ВАМ БОЖЬИМ ПОКАЖЕТСЯ !!!!!!!

  12. she is hot …..mmmmmmmmm I love low esteem Girls who say " Wind" I beat she has a nice Rear """""""""""""""""" mmmmmmmm

  13. Im french. Maybe i can get a job helping the appraisers with the french words. Tourbillon. Tour as in Tour de France. Bi as in Bee. llon as in yonder but the N at the end is silent. Not Yawn.

  14. I can't view this video to the end due to the inconceivable and repeated mispronunciation of the word "tourbillon". WTF? How is this guy an expert in horology?

  15. Now she’s gonna go and sell it for $15000 and will spend it all on booze while vacationing somewhere warm.

  16. I can understand that a tourbillon feature might contribute to the accuracy of a pocket watch but can't understand why it would be useful at all in a wristwatch.

  17. That watch can tell you which way the wind is blowing? That is indeed a special watch! LOL

    Tor Billion? How is this guy a watch expert if he can pronounce, tourbillion? Has he never heard anyone say it out loud?

  18. typical yank wind blow me away.they did a servey in america.in wich state was kfc inventid they said. alabama or new york or miami not one yank said kentucky .

  19. It's a good thing nothing matters about anything anymore in this country, because I'd probably have something to say about this silly video otherwise. Whateva! Whew… I almost started to care for a second. Caught it in time!

  20. Why would some that is supposedly knowledgeable about watches not be able to pronounce an important watch part with even the most basic ability? Makes him sound like such a hack.

  21. What you see here is a very famous escapement. Its called a turbillion. Until this style of escapement was invented people had to live with watches that only had turmillion or turthousand escapements. These lesser complex escapements were powered by air instead of coiled springs. The "Wind" indicator is to pay homage to all the non-turbillion watches that came before it. The turbillion was invented by Abe Bengay, an very famous Oar-olojist.

  22. Is it just me or is that lady weirdly attractive? I can't put my finger on it she looks sorta average and really attractive at the same time I don't know why.

  23. Donald Trump has tourbillions and toubillions of these for the gold scrap which he uses to plate toilets.

  24. The watch itself is mesmerizingly beautiful. It's the very personification of "they don't make them like this anymore"

  25. Not only the pronunciation of tourbillon but also his description; “when it’s lying flat”, gravity would be working equally over the escapement in that case, the whole point is because it is kept upright in a pocket 😂😂

  26. Wind? Oh lord. Why would she think it has something to do with the weather? Not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed

  27. Omfg.. I collect and make sell and fix pocket watches and wrist watches…. and if this guy actually was legit, then he would know how to pronounce tourbillin, and this bitch sounds like a dumb bitch since she can't pronounce wind. But that guy is a disgrac. If u don't know how to pronounce words in ur field of expertise correctly then u loose ALL credibility in my eyes. Plus these estimates for the items are way off, it is a beautiful pocket watch but that so called expert is a tard

  28. 40-50 thousand dollars…
    Oh my gosh your kidding
    Yeah It worth 3 dollars and I'm taking all the risk here.
    Oops. Wrong show.

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