It seems that roughly 30 grams of gold from a standard pocket watch can be expected. At $40 per gram for 18k gold, that would give a value of $1.2k. Platinum is supposedly 34% heavier than 18k gold, but it's worth only $27.4 per gram, so it actually comes out to being worth less at about $1.1k! So m
Take a look at this for example: What do you think the platinum content is worth between the case and the chain? Makes me wonder if it's worth trying to pick up one just to see if recycling the metal is profitable.
I'm very curious how Sea-Gull can make such an inexpensive tourbillon. Did they figure out a clever trick to mass produce these? Or do watch brands just inflate prices tremendously? I don't know much about what it takes to make a tourbillon, but I know that the part count is relatively low compared