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I have agents rotary quartz with the number 3081 stamped on the back. the watch is oblong with a black black face and gold lettering and a date box. and gold intergrated strap. Would you please be able to tell me if this is battery operated, the approximate age and value. thankyou

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Your watch is battery operated hence the term "quartz" All quartz watches are battery powered. As for value I'm not sure. The manufacturer of the module (mechanism inside) is a reasonable indicator of value. If its ETA then its in the upper range. You could try seeing if Rotary have a site if so they may allow you to identify details on age etc from the stamp numbers.

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