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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McWhirter’s four-minute-mile stopwatch clocks up five figures at auction

03 January 2022

On May 6, 1954 - the day British middle-distance athlete Roger Bannister (1929-2018) ran the first ever sub-four-minute mile - there were five official timekeepers plus a sixth watch manned by race commentator Norris McWhirter (1925-2004).

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Speedy buyers with a taste for chocolate

06 December 2021

If ever there were a price to demonstrate just how important condition has become in the top end of the collecting market then it is the record-breaking SFr2.55m (£2.065m) for a reference CK2915 Speedmaster at Phillips (26/21% buyer's premium) in Geneva on November 5.

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Digging deep for the Deep Sea Special

06 December 2021

The Rolex Deep Sea Special, with its remarkable bubble case capable of withstanding huge pressure, was created in the early 1950s to test just how deep a diving watch could go.

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Look beyond the brand to find a great chronograph

06 December 2021

Enicar watches do not have the instant brand recognition of a Rolex or Omega but they do share many of the same parts.

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The untold story of the English wristwatch pioneers

06 December 2021

The impact of the First World War on the wristwatch as an accessory deemed suitable for men is well known.

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Why pocket watches sit in a tricky space in horological collecting

06 December 2021

In contrast to the red-hot trade in vintage and modern wristwatches, the market for antique pocket watches appears very low key. However, as demand for the better-quality pieces remains robust, not all are destined for the scrapheap. Richard Fox reports

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5 Questions: Vintage watch dealer Tom B

01 November 2021

Tom B has been interested in antiques since youth when he accompanied his father around car boots and charity shops. He founded GungaDin Watches in 2015 focusing on vintage and pre-owned timepieces.

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Pocket watch and chain mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses comes to Bonhams

26 October 2021

A 18ct gold hunter case pocket watch and chain referred to in James Joyce’s masterpiece as the action takes place across a single day is up for sale at Bonhams in Paris on November 4.

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Breguet astronomical quarter repeating watch

18 October 2021

On October 22 Skinner in Massachusetts is holding a sale of watches and timepieces from the estate of David G Newsom.

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Explorer Rolex finds eager buyer

27 September 2021

A Richard Winterton (20% buyer’s premium) sale in Lichfield included this 1973 Rolex Explorer II which sparked international interest.

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Omega Seamaster made exclusively for the SAS sold at Fellows

06 September 2021

Watches with military associations carry a certain cachet with collectors.

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Snuffbox copy has its own charms

23 August 2021

Along with its Summer Fine Art sale, Tennants held a jewellery, watches and silver sale on July 17.

Omega Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean chronograph

Omega watch made for the SAS stars in our pick of five auction highlights

20 August 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare Omega Seamaster made exclusively for members of the SAS that commanded attention at Fellows in Birmingham.

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Valuable watches stolen in ‘brazen theft’ at Cheshire antiques centre

19 August 2021

Cheshire Police has issued CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with a theft at an antiques centre in Northwich.

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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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‘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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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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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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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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