A watch which was believed to be worn by Peter Henlein recently surfaced after it was sold at a garage sale by unsuspecting owners. The retired postman who brought it to us thought it was of the impression that it was of value when he found it in a locked box in his attic. He said he could not recall putting the box in the attic. He would later on reveal that the house he is living in is a house he bought from an old lady who was moving to another city to live with her daughter.
The pocket watch is made of white gold with the border engraved with intricate patterns. Even the mechanical parts which are partially visible at the center, is made up of pure gold and silver. The face of the watch is not as ornate, but that’s only to add contrast and give the focus to the gold and silver ornaments.
It is believed that the old lady who originally owned the watch was the great-grand-daughter of Sir Peter Henlein, who is recognized as the inventor of the pocket watch during the late 14th century. Although he did not invent the mechanism to make the workings of a clock, he was the first to invent the “wearable” variety whereas earlier versions were too big and too heavy to carry around.
The watch, a rare collector’s item, could fetch close to $100,000 due to its rich history and excellent condition it is in. There are many watch collectors worldwide who would love to add this piece to their collection. To own part of history is actually a big and profitable business enterprise.