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.


Panerai diver watch

Second World War Panerai military diver's wrist watch sells at Fellows for £41,000

30 January 2018

A very rare Second World War Panerai military diver's wrist watch with an intriguing ownership history has sold for £41,000 at Fellows’ The Watch Sale today.

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Italian Navy diver watch captured from German frogman in Second World War on offer at Fellows auction

10 January 2018

The saying ‘to the victor go the spoils’ sums up the many items appearing at auction which were ‘liberated’ by Allied troops in the Second World War, with a watch on offer at Fellows a perfect example.

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Fellows sets house record for watch with £110,000 Rolex – view sale video

29 November 2017

Fellows Auctioneers has set a new house record for a price achieved by a watch with the sale of a vintage Rolex.

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The name’s Submariner – Rolex Submariner

20 November 2017

The first Rolex Submariner was introduced to the public in 1954 at the Basel Watch Fair but it was Ian Fleming’s fictional spy, James Bond, who in 1962 transformed a reliable and rugged dive watch to a status symbol embodying suave masculinity and a sense of adventure.

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Reward offered for information to help solve burglary involving antiques stolen from south Gloucestershire home

06 November 2017

Police are appealing for information and offering a reward after antiques were seized by masked raiders in a robbery near Bristol.

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Hailwood joins Woolley & Wallis as watch expert to boost firm's coverage of 'increasingly important' market

01 November 2017

Adrian Hailwood, former director at Fellows responsible for watches, has joined Woolley & Wallis as wristwatch specialist in the firm’s jewellery department.

Paul Newman

Paul Newman Rolex sets auction record of $15.5m at Phillips New York

27 October 2017

A Rolex once owned by actor Paul Newman has set an auction record of $15.5m (£11.85m) at Phillips' inaugural watch auction in New York.

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Timely reminder of 19th century Bombay business

23 October 2017

A gift from the founder of the Tata global business empire to the architect who designed his Bombay headquarters, this late 19th century Patek Philippe gold hunter pocket watch was an eyecatcher at Andrew Smith (19% buyer’s premium) at Itchen Stoke on September 12.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner at Lockdales auction

Rolex watch attracts 100 bidders and sells for £230,000 at Suffolk auction

13 October 2017

The market for vintage ‘tool’ watches continues to burn hot. Lockdales in Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich set a new house record this week when a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner sold at £230,000 (plus premium).

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There’s always time for Cartier

25 September 2017

To make any money these days, ladies’ gold pendant watches do need an extra selling point – such as the Cartier name and plenty of Art Deco style.

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‘Space Travellers’ watch rockets past estimate to new British timepiece record at Sotheby’s

21 September 2017

George Daniels’ (1926-2011) ‘Space Travellers’ watch topped its previous auction record when it sold at Sotheby’s this week for an astronomical £3.2m.

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McTear’s holds dedicated military watch auction

11 September 2017

Glasgow saleroom McTear’s holds a dedicated military watch auction on September 19. Most entries are from a private collection and include watches from the so-called ‘Dirty Dozen’ – the 12 Swiss manufacturers commissioned to supply the British Ministry of Defence during the Second World War.

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Bidders stretch to top estimate

11 September 2017

Breathing quality, this 22ct gold, pocket watch, below, was by an apparently unrecorded maker but nevertheless pitched at a positive £3000-3200 at Tamlyns’ (18% buyer’s premium) sale at Bridgwater on August 30.

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Cartier and Deco: Essex sale’s winning combinations

04 September 2017

A 1920s-30s 18ct gold Cartier cigarette lighter-cum-watch with black enamel dial was offered at Boningtons (17.5% buyer’s premium) at Epping on August 21.

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Original ‘Paul Newman’ Rolex Daytona goes under the hammer at Phillips

30 August 2017

A Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ once owned by the actor himself will go under the hammer in New York in October.

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British Horological Institute launches a clocks and watches fair at its Nottinghamshire headquarters

28 August 2017

A horological story rarely makes the national news, but the announcement that Big Ben is falling silent until 2021 as major conservation work begins rang loud and clear in headlines.

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Phillips launches its dedicated watch division in the US

03 July 2017

Ahead of the autumn sale of a star lot, Phillips' watch expert Aurel Bacs tells ATG why the time is right for the firm to expand its US watch business

Stolen watches

Police call on antiques trade to help find stolen jewellery from Shropshire antique centre

28 June 2017

Police are appealing to the trade to help locate jewellery stolen in Shropshire.

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Clocks and watches: craftsmanship with precision timing

12 June 2017

ATG's special report on horological highlights with superb examples of modern craftsmanship, auction previews and results, and the world of wall clocks described by expert Edward Burd...

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Rare Rolex Submariner wristwatch takes £135,000 at Bath auction

12 June 2017

For the serious collector of vintage Rolex Submariner wristwatches, the devil is in the dial detail. Dial variations found in this watch model were produced in low numbers and are therefore highly sought after.

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