What is the value of a Waltham pocket watch with serial numbers MJWC p 238 17 seventeen jewels?

The alphanumeric code you've provided, MJWC p 238 17 is a model number (not serial number) for a Waltham men's wristwatch manufactured between 1940 and the 1960s.

You haven't provided enough information to hazard a guess on the value, but there are many Waltham watches from that era selling on eBay for $25-50 (running). A 14k or 18k gold watch would be worth much more. If you have reason to believe the watch is more than a utilitarian timepiece, you would be wise to have it professionally appraised.

[December 2010]