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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Previews: Jewellery, watches and silver

13 June 2022

A look ahead to auction house and dealer highlights this summer.

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An exceptional English chronometer auctioned in Hamburg

06 June 2022

This English deck chronometer is Molyneux No 1326 – made by the London maker Robert Molyneux in c.1830.

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ATG letter: Watching out for Buckinghamshire watchmaker

06 June 2022

Can anyone help, please, or point me in the direction of someone who can?

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Tantalising prospect of owning a clock and a Zoffany

30 May 2022

The recent auction at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) included the firm’s biannual horological offering.

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Farnham antiques centre targeted by thieves

12 May 2022

A Farnham antiques centre is hoping to track down items stolen after a break in last week.

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Heuer helps rally timing

02 May 2022

Described by Bonhams (15% buyer’s premium) as “the ultimate in rally equipment from the 1960s”, a pair of stopwatches mounted on an original Heuer plate intended to be attached to the dashboard of a racing or rally car received a suitably enthusiastic response.

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Amy Johnson’s ‘Weems’ takes flight

07 March 2022

In May 1930 Amy Johnson (1903-41) set off in a De Havilland Gipsy Moth called Jason to become the first woman to fly solo from Great Britain to Australia. The feat, followed by further long-distance solo and combined flights, earnt her place in aviation history.

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Recognition for the ‘quartz crisis’ casualties

07 March 2022

Although Roamer fell victim to the ‘quartz crisis’ – the introduction of quartz watches in the 1970s and early 1980s that largely replaced mechanical watches – in the 1950s-60s the firm enjoyed a good reputation as the maker of good-quality, affordable automatic mechanical watches.

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Oysterdate Monte Carlo and Seiko Pepsi Pogue: Two views of the 1970s

07 March 2022

The Oysterdate Monte Carlo series were the first chronographs produced by Tudor. A cyclops date magnifier, screw-down pushers and the distinctive dial with angled subsidiaries make them instantly recognisable.

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Super Seamaster 300 at Birmingham auction

07 March 2022

The Omega Seamaster 300, launched in 1957 simultaneously with the Railmaster and the Speedmaster, appears in numerous variations.

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Tudor Submariners: The Snowflake generation arrives in Yorkshire

07 March 2022

Collectors use the name ‘Snowflake’ to refer the range of Tudor Submariners produced from 1969-75.

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Catherine Southon tees off to a fine start in 2022

21 February 2022

Egyptian antiquities and Rolex are a hit in first sale of the year held at Surrey golf club

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5 Questions: watch specialist Leslie Fleischman

24 January 2022

Leslie Fleischman runs Vintage Watch Room London, which specialises in 20th century watches marketed as ‘both affordable and stylish’.

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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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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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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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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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