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.


Rolex

Original 1960s Rolex Submariner watch clocks up £80,000 at auction

24 May 2018

A rare and original 1960s Rolex Submariner watch, bought new from a jewellery shop in Doncaster for £69 in 1966, sold in a Wiltshire auction for £80,000.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

14 May 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Time to locate your own vintage pocket watch

16 April 2018

Celebrated in the thoroughly modern way with a Google Doodle on April 3 on what would have been his 325th birthday was John Harrison.

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A time of war

16 April 2018

Military issue watches, particular those from the Second World War, are bringing ever stronger prices.

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Watch touched by the hand of Frod

26 March 2018

While many a hopeful vendor has to be told gently that great-great-grandpa’s pocket watch is worth little more than the melt price of the metal, a complication or major name – such as the signature Ch. Frodsham, London to the movement of this example, below – makes all the difference.

ATG letter: Auctioneers should ‘up their game’ on watches

05 March 2018

MADAM – I think the increased interest and associated rise in value of vintage and collectable watches means auction houses really need to up their game both in terms of what they’re selling and how they are describing lots.

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Rolex made famous by Steve McQueen makes house record hammer price at Dudley saleroom Aston's

01 March 2018

A Rolex of the model made famous after being worn by King of Cool Steve McQueen has set a house record at West Midlands saleroom Aston’s Auctioneers.

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Four police forces team up to hunt criminal dubbed the ‘Night Watcher’ after more than £1m of antiques and jewellery stolen

06 February 2018

Surrey, Kent, Sussex and Thames Valley police are searching for information to catch the criminal who committed seven violent burglaries from Home Counties mansions in recent months.

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War booty is one to watch in sale

05 February 2018

Among the most desirable of all Second World War wristwatches – a strong suit in this currently hot collecting arena – is the Panerai 3646. This distinctive model was initially intended for the Royal Italian Navy but was also used by German submariners or Kampfschwimmer.

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German frogman’s Panerai watch sells for £41,000 at Birmingham watch auction – video

01 February 2018

The star lot at Fellows’ latest watch auction in Birmingham was a rare Panerai military diver's wrist watch which had been acquired by a British soldier in the Second World War from a Kampfschwimmer (German frogman).

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Second World War Panerai military diver's wrist watch sells at Fellows for £41,000

30 January 2018

A very rare Second World War Panerai military diver's wrist watch with an intriguing ownership history has sold for £41,000 at Fellows’ The Watch Sale today.

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Italian Navy diver watch captured from German frogman in Second World War on offer at Fellows auction

10 January 2018

The saying ‘to the victor go the spoils’ sums up the many items appearing at auction which were ‘liberated’ by Allied troops in the Second World War, with a watch on offer at Fellows a perfect example.

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Fellows sets house record for watch with £110,000 Rolex – view sale video

29 November 2017

Fellows Auctioneers has set a new house record for a price achieved by a watch with the sale of a vintage Rolex.

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The name’s Submariner – Rolex Submariner

20 November 2017

The first Rolex Submariner was introduced to the public in 1954 at the Basel Watch Fair but it was Ian Fleming’s fictional spy, James Bond, who in 1962 transformed a reliable and rugged dive watch to a status symbol embodying suave masculinity and a sense of adventure.

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Reward offered for information to help solve burglary involving antiques stolen from south Gloucestershire home

06 November 2017

Police are appealing for information and offering a reward after antiques were seized by masked raiders in a robbery near Bristol.

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Hailwood joins Woolley & Wallis as watch expert to boost firm's coverage of 'increasingly important' market

01 November 2017

Adrian Hailwood, former director at Fellows responsible for watches, has joined Woolley & Wallis as wristwatch specialist in the firm’s jewellery department.

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Paul Newman Rolex sets auction record of $15.5m at Phillips New York

27 October 2017

A Rolex once owned by actor Paul Newman has set an auction record of $15.5m (£11.85m) at Phillips' inaugural watch auction in New York.

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Timely reminder of 19th century Bombay business

23 October 2017

A gift from the founder of the Tata global business empire to the architect who designed his Bombay headquarters, this late 19th century Patek Philippe gold hunter pocket watch was an eyecatcher at Andrew Smith (19% buyer’s premium) at Itchen Stoke on September 12.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner at Lockdales auction

Rolex watch attracts 100 bidders and sells for £230,000 at Suffolk auction

13 October 2017

The market for vintage ‘tool’ watches continues to burn hot. Lockdales in Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich set a new house record this week when a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner sold at £230,000 (plus premium).

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There’s always time for Cartier

25 September 2017

To make any money these days, ladies’ gold pendant watches do need an extra selling point – such as the Cartier name and plenty of Art Deco style.

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