Watches & Watch accessories

For many years, to be a watch collector was to collect pocket watches from the 16th to the early 20th centuries. Today it is more likely to signal an interest in 20th and 21st century wristwatches by well-known brands or specialist makers. Search this category for everything from the finest Swiss gold and enamel chronometers to the battle-worn Rolex of an RAF pilot.


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Timely reminder of Byron in the saleroom

30 March 2020

Association with the name boosts value as part of a sale dedicated to the poet.

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A market still ticking as pocket watches bring demand at Lawrences of Bletchingley

23 March 2020

A superb collection of 61 pocket watches drew strong demand at a Surrey auction last week as remote bidders, using the phone and online platforms, competed for some outstanding 17th, 18th and 19th century examples.

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Unseen for a century, pocket watches bring £145,000 in Surrey sale

20 March 2020

A cache of pocket watches, unseen on the market for close to a century, sold for £145,000 in Surrey today.

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Early lantern clock shines through the dust to spark saleroom excitement

09 March 2020

Battered and dust-engrained when found in a basement during a Lake District house clearance, an early unsigned brass lantern clock generated great excitement at Penrith Farmers’ & Kidd’s (18% buyer’s premium).

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Second chance for works from Spetchley Park offered at Chorley’s

02 March 2020

Second-dibs sales at regional salerooms – those that follow after a major London auctioneer has cherry-picked the contents of a stately country house – can sometimes acquire the slighting epithet of ‘crumbs from a rich man’s table’.

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Fellows sets house auction record for Hermès Birkin handbag

25 February 2020

A Hermès Birkin 2013 matte black Porosus crocodile handbag was hammered down at £19,000.

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US mayor's Patek Philippe watch on offer at Chester fair

03 February 2020

Time is of the essence in the story of Speed Menefee (1879-1968), the shortest-serving city mayor in US history – and original owner of a pocket watch offered at the Chester Decorative Antiques & Art Fair.

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Submariners surface for sale in Surrey and Birmingham

27 January 2020

From 1969-99 there were more than 20 different references to the Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner with numerous variations.

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Cartier desk clock collection at Bonhams shows evolution of design

27 January 2020

John Benjamin reviews the sale of an exceptional collection of desk clocks and Cartier jewels at Bonhams.

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Seamaster rises to a £25,000 bid in Nottingham

27 January 2020

The Omega Seamaster 300 ranks among the most desirable of all diving watches.

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The Speedy before space

11 November 2019

The Watch Sale at Fellows in Birmingham on November 26 includes this Ref 105.002-62 Omega Speedmaster chronograph.

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Brief histories of time

11 November 2019

This unassuming Grana military issue c.1945 shown below forms part of the so-called Dirty Dozen wristwatches made by 12 Swiss manufacturers for the British army.

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Edgar Allan Poe’s good times did not last

30 September 2019

Though his works are now revered and highly valued in his native land, Edgar Allan Poe spent most of his writing life in debt. There were, however, a few months in the early 1840s when, while working in Philadelphia as an editor and contributor on 'Graham’s Magazine', he enjoyed some short-lived financial success.

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Chronometer takes four-times guide

30 September 2019

Offered with an a/f catalogue caveat, this early 20th century marine chronometer, below, quadrupled expectations at Chichester saleroom Henry Adams (20% buyer’s premium).

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Turquoise tempter at Arley Hall

02 September 2019

This 1940s Jaeger-LeCoutre Triple Calendar 273175 Mechanical watch is offered for £4200 at the next Arley Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair.

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Sully surfaces for a £17,000 sale

19 August 2019

Clock produced by Englishman influential in French horology impresses in Norfolk auction.

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Pick of the week: Pocketwatch with Oliver Cromwell connection sells in Cumbria

05 August 2019

Did a watch offered for sale in Carlisle at the end of July once belong to Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)? Two centuries of provenance suggest it did.

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Hidden depths to the market for military diving watches

22 July 2019

A cache of military diving watches sold in Hampshire and a £125,000 Daytona spotlight the thriving market for vintage mechanical ‘tool’ watches.

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‘Synchronise your watches’ for a £3200 Weems

22 July 2019

On January 4, 1940, the London subsidiary of the Omega Watch Co received an urgent order from the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company for 2000 watches intended for Royal Air Force crews. Delivery was to be made by March 10, 1940.

1982 Space Traveller I, a George Daniels pocket watch

Auction record for English watch as George Daniels timepiece sells for £3m at Sotheby’s

16 July 2019

Among the objects in demand at Sotheby’s this season was one of only 23 pocket watches made by George Daniels (1926-2011) – the 1982 Space Traveller I.

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