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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Rare timepieces from wartime in Penzance and West Sussex

11 February 2019

A rare Longines centre seconds military wristwatch – a type developed in 1944 for the rigours of airborne work by the Research & Development team of the War Department – sold for a multi-estimate £11,200 at Barbara Kirk (15% buyer’s premium) in Penzance on November 27 last year.

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Bishton Hall bidder catches rare Oysterdate

07 January 2019

Testament to a vibrant market for vintage Tudor wristwatches, a very scarce Oysterdate – the reference 7031 or ‘Homeplate’ – proved the star of Hansons’ Christmas auction at Bishton Hall, Staffordshire.

2010 Hermès Himalaya Birkin 35

Handbags at a new dawn as Hermès Himalaya Birkin bag makes £190,000

20 December 2018

The Hermès Himalaya Birkin bag is often described as the most desirable handbag in the world. And so it proved earlier this month when an example set an auction record for a handbag sold in Europe.

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RAF watch is a sale flier in Canada

17 December 2018

This Omega ‘Weems’ Royal Air Force pilot’s wristwatch below was one of the sought-after entries in a 311-lot auction of watches and jewellery at Miller & Miller (18/15% buyer’s premium) in New Hamburg, Ontario, on November 24.

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Swiss watch is an eyecatcher

17 December 2018

Eclipsed in price by a £150,000 pearl (News, ATG No 2369), the c.1810 Swiss gold automaton pocket watch shown below was at least as eye-catching at the Roseberys (25% buyer’s premium) jewellery and watches auction on November 20.

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Timely online search enables son to buy back his father's First World War pocket watch

19 November 2018

When Alan Wardle’s niece searched online for family history she uncovered his father’s long-lost First World War presentation pocket watch coming up at auction.

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Auction highlights from Germany, Austria and Switzerland including ornate watch selling in Hamburg

19 November 2018

The London watchmaker John Ilbery, active from 1780-1839, is credited with the invention of the ‘montre chinoise’, highly ornate goldenamel watches made for the Chinese market.

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Rare ‘tropical’ Omega Speedy keeps market time with Rolex

12 November 2018

There was a time when vintage Omega represented a cost-effective alternative to vintage Rolex. Today, the rule does not always apply.

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Submariner ticks in at Fellows

12 November 2018

Among the many versions of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner, the reference 5508 with its James Bond association is perhaps the best known.

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Timely Cartier lot at Sworders

12 November 2018

The Fine Jewellery and Watches auction at Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet on November 20 will include this Cartier Art Deco rose-cut diamond, black and white enamel and seed pearl-set pendant watch, c.1915.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

29 October 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Where to be: Five places to find luxury items this month

12 October 2018

From wine and whisky to handbags and Hermés scarves, luxury auctions can be a chance to indulge in something extra special – sometimes at affordable prices. A series of sales across the UK this month look likely to have buyers bidding on choice pieces, with a few a little out of the ordinary.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

08 October 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona wristwatch

Bankrupt drug dealer’s art collection offered at auction

06 September 2018

The collection of antiques and artworks seized by the police from a bankrupt drug dealer is being offered at John Pye Auctions.

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Bidding for a little history

03 September 2018

Forthcoming jewellery auction highlights at home and abroad – from the first ‘smart’ watch to the first female mayor in the British Empire.

Selby Lowndes table clock

Bonhams times exhibition to celebrate golden age of English watches and clocks

29 August 2018

Two private collectors have teamed up to unveil an exhibition of early English watches and clocks at auction house Bonhams.

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5 Questions: Paul Pfanner of Timewise Vintage Watches

27 August 2018

Paul Pfanner runs Timewise Vintage Watches and next exhibits at the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair (September 14-19).

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Previews: £30,000 plus

20 August 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Salt water damaged watch owned by a Titanic victim is to be sold by Dallas auction firm Heritage

15 August 2018

A couple emigrating to the US from Russia in the early 20th century was not exactly headline news, but sadly for university graduates Miriam and Sinai Kantor they became part of one of the biggest stories of the day.

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Dark Lord and Skipperera star in niche market

09 July 2018

As the market develops, some of the ‘secondary’ niche Swiss brands have entered the mainstream collecting arena. The Bonhams (25% buyer’s premium) Fine Watches and Wristwatches sale on June 20 offered a range of 46 Heuers from a single-owner private collection.

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