Wellers have just held their first back-to-back sales since inserting a mezzanine floor at their Guildford saleroom.
The improvements mean that the auction
room can now prepare for one auction while holding
The two sales, one on September 13,
the second a two-day event starting six days later, both offered
interesting items associated with U-boats.
First up was a submariner's pocket
depth-measuring device, c.1940, which came in from a local
consignor and, estimated at £100-150, sold for £650.
Perhaps more interesting was a rare
German military pocket watch which was destined to be 'handed to
the grandchildren to play with' before being spotted by Wellers
during a valuation.
"Pulled from a box of costume watches,
this rare International Watch Company (IWC) military pocket watch
came as a huge surprise," said Wellers' jewellery specialist Elliot
"It was one of only 1000 pieces
commissioned by the Kriegsmarine [German Navy] and this navigation
watch was one of a few surviving pieces - the majority resting at
the bottom of the sea.
"Many of the surviving watches were
redesigned by IWC after the war. This piece, numbered 'M17945
II.KL', was actually one of the first 400 made."
Its original state - it retained the
marks and dial that the redesigned pieces had removed and replaced
- made it an even rarer prospect. It was also in working order.
Estimated at £1800-2200, it sold at £1900 plus 20% buyer's