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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Brazilian ‘Patek Philippe’ triples estimate in Swiss auction

28 June 2021

The sale in 1872 of a silver pocket watch manufactured by Patek Philippe in Geneva to the jeweller and retailer Gondolo & Labouriau in Rio de Janeiro marked the beginning of a highly successful and mutually profitable business partnership that lasted until 1927.

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Football history-making stopwatch sold in Birmingham

28 June 2021

The stopwatch used by English referee Jack Taylor in the 1974 World Cup final sold for a within-estimate £3300 at Fellows (23/15% buyer’s premium) in Birmingham.

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Watches: The right time for Cartier rarities

14 June 2021

Scarce variations of the classic dress watch come to market as interest rises in vintage Cartier

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A ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Omega brings £9000

14 June 2021

Tennants’ recent sale of Jewellery, Watches & Silver included, at a top-estimate £9000, a rare Omega aviator’s watch.

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Rolex Daytona is £30 bargain in lockdown

14 June 2021

In these days of the internet search engine and the live bidding platform, it is reassuring to know that bargains are still out there.

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‘Big triangle’ shapes up nicely for Omega Seamaster at Fellows

14 June 2021

This Omega Seamaster 300, issued to members of the British Army in the 1960s, appeared at Fellows (23%/15% buyer’s premium) in Birmingham.

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One careful owner for a Bond Submariner

14 June 2021

After a decade riding a market wave, ‘original owner’ Rolex tool watches are increasingly scarce at auction.

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Pick of the week: Spending quality time with Pablo Picasso

31 May 2021

The silvered dial to this 1960s stainless steel bracelet watch gives a clue to its former owner.

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Stopwatch used by ref Jack Taylor in 1974 World Cup final comes to auction

27 May 2021

English football referee Jack Taylor created history when he blew his whistle in the first minute of the 1974 World Cup final.

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Picasso the man of the hour

17 May 2021

A rare watch worn by Pablo Picasso will feature as one of the attractions in the Luxury Watch sale to be held by Bonhams in Paris on May 20.

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Watchmaker to the royal family

10 May 2021

Little is known about the biography of the German watchmaker Sigismund Rentzsch, who came to London in the early 19th century, where he set up a workshop.

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Plea to help track down stolen Daniel Quare pocket watch

20 March 2021

A Daniel Quare pocket watch has gone missing in transit and its owner hopes the trade may help locate it.

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5 Questions: vintage wristwatches specialist Alex Stevens

15 March 2021

Alex Stevens began selling collectables aged 14, going on to specialise in vintage wristwatches. He launched Alex Stevens Vintage in late 2020.

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Prototype Explorer that aimed for peak perfection

08 March 2021

Rolex made the reference 6150 Oyster Perpetual Explorer for around two years after the 1953 Everest expedition. It is believed that Tensing Norgay wore a prototype of the watch, the first Explorer model to have the Mercedes hands, while completing the ascent.

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Grima and Omega – the About Time partnership

08 March 2021

At the peak of his fame in the 1969, the Anglo-Italian jewellery designer Andrew Grima was invited by Omega to create what would become the About Time collection.

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Value judgment: Interview with the new head of watches at Lyon & Turnbull

08 March 2021

With classic watches usually priced in five or six figures, it is worth discovering the less well-known brands and especially those from the 1980s, says newly appointed Lyon & Turnbull specialist Sarah Fergusson

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Oysterdate Monte Carlo makes £8500 at Bonhams

08 March 2021

The Oysterdate Monte Carlo series were the first chronographs produced by Tudor.

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Two electronic watches making three figures at auction

08 March 2021

Introduced in 1960, the Bulova Accutron 214 was among the first commercially successful electronic watch.

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Taste of adventure: Omega ‘Red Racing Dial’ Speedmaster emerges at Sotheby's

08 March 2021

A recent Sotheby’s New York (26% buyer’s premium) sale included this rare ‘Red Racing Dial’ Speedmaster consigned by the original owner.

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Longines ‘Tuna can’ timepiece sold at Gardiner Houlgate

08 March 2021

This rare 1940s Longines British military issue is appropriately nicknamed the ‘tuna can.’

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