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.


Chanel tunic

Pick of the week: Château attic find sets vintage Chanel record

28 November 2022

A ‘Russian’ tunic from Chanel’s famed Spring 1922 collection sold for €100,000 (£86,000) in Paris – a record for her early work.

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The web shop window: An early watch dating from c.1640

28 November 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Watch given as gift to Thomas Mann’s favoured grandson emerges

14 November 2022

In his diary entry for August 12, 1950, the German writer and Nobel Prize recipient Thomas Mann described a meeting with his daughter-in-law Gret, who had married his youngest son Michael in 1939, and her 10-year-old son Frido in a café in Innsbruck.

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Rolex red letter day

14 November 2022

The Fine Wristwatches & Pens auction at Chiswick Auctions includes a rare variant of perhaps the most celebrated of all Rolex ‘tool’ watches: a 1970s Submariner with the so-called ‘single red’ Mark IV dial.

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‘A hobby that you can wear’

14 November 2022

Auction consultant tells us about his own collection.

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Watches: stylish options from the 60s-70s

14 November 2022

Era of pop art and protests also brought fresh design beyond the earlier ‘tool’ template

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Watch collection offered in French saleroom included examples dating back to the 16th century

31 October 2022

A single-owner collection of watches assembled over many decades and spanning 500 years of horology was offered by Aguttes (25/23% buyer’s premium) in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris.

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Handy for a life of luxury

31 October 2022

A couple of weeks after the Aguttes watches auction another collection in the same category went under the hammer in Paris.

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Time waits for no-one at French auction

05 September 2022

'Une histoire du temps' (a history of time) is the title of the sale to be held by Aguttes in Neuilly on September 28.

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Rare Tornek-Rayville dive watch emerges at Bonhams Skinner

22 August 2022

The latest sale of Clocks, Watches, & Scientific Instruments held by Bonhams Skinner (25% buyer’s premium) included one of perhaps only 50 surviving Tornek-Rayville TR-900 stainless steel dive watches.

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Rolex Military Submariners with macho provenance command high prices at Bonhams

18 July 2022

Two Rolex tool watches were estimated to bring £80,000-120,000 each at a recent Fine Watches sale at Bonhams’ (27.5/25% buyer’s premium).

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A Rolex chronograph rarity surfaces in Italy

18 July 2022

The reference 3330 antimagnetic is one of the rarest pre-Oyster chronographs made by Rolex.

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Watches: Sherpas on the rise

18 July 2022

ATG reports on the market for the Enicar series of watches that were taken to Everest

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Play the name game for value

18 July 2022

The watch market can be obsessed with brand names – and the best names do come with a price tag to match.

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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.

Silver spoons

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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