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Elvis Presley’s 18ct Corum Buckingham watch to be offered at Sworders this month

02 November 2020

A watch worn many times by the king of rock and roll at the peak of his career comes for sale at Sworders this month.

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Rare TR-900 survivors dive into Massachusetts auction

02 November 2020

The latest online sale of Clocks, Watches, & Scientific Instruments held by Skinner (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Marlborough, Massachusetts included two of perhaps only 50 surviving Tornek-Rayville TR-900 stainless steel dive watches.

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Movado Calendograf: Warhol was a fan

02 November 2020

This Movado model 14776 triple calendar watch is best known as the Calendograf.

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‘Dirty Dozen’ Grana sets new £18,000 high

12 October 2020

A Grana Ministry of Defence wristwatch – the hardest to find of the so-called ‘Dirty Dozen’ watches made by 12 Swiss manufacturers for the British army– sold for £18,000 at Thomas Miller in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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Vintage Seiko watches make waves at auction

14 September 2020

The Japanese battery-powered watches once viewed as cheap and lacking soul are now being taken seriously at auction despite collector snobbery

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Omega Speedmaster with ‘TV’ dial sells at Richard Winterton

14 September 2020

Perhaps the quirkiest of all of the many Omega Speedmaster models is this one with a cushion shape or ‘TV’ dial.

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On a mission to impress: collection of Omega Speedmaster chronographs emerges in Portugal

14 September 2020

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Speedmaster Professional as a space exploration tool in 1997, Omega created the Missions Collection.

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Watch tested to not quite destruction

14 September 2020

The Rolex GMT-Master, originally designed in collaboration with Pan American Airways and issued by the airline to their crews on long-haul flights, was made as an aviator watch.

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Omega 'Ed White' Speedmaster takes £8500 in Buckinghamshire sale

14 September 2020

The highlight of NASA’s 1965 Gemini IV mission was the first space walk by an American. As astronaut Ed White floated free outside the spacecraft for approximately 20 minutes in June 3 he wore an Omega Speedmaster Ref 105.003 strapped by Velcro to the outside of the left-side sleeve of his G4C space suit.

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‘Pogue’ Seiko craved by collectors

14 September 2020

The Seiko Ref 6139 or Pogue is a watch that many ‘Swiss’ collectors covet because of its good looks and space heritage.

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Rare Rolex Submariner watch sets house record for auction house Fellows

24 August 2020

After a five minute bidding battle a rare Rolex Military Submariner watch was hammered down at £140,000 (£165,200 including premium) at Fellows Auctioneers in Birmingham.

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Lemania – maker to the British forces

15 June 2020

Lemania is a name that should be as well-known as that of Omega or Tissot. The firm – dubbed by one watch blogger as ‘the greatest maker of watches that you may never have heard of’ – provided every single chronograph movement that those much better-known brands used until the 1970s.

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Emperor makes an entrance

15 June 2020

As collectors are squeezed out of the market for watches by Rolex and Omega, prices for vintage chronographs by ‘lesser’ makers are steadily rising in value.

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Auction explorers locate rare silver pocket watch

06 April 2020

An unusual late Victorian silver pocket watch by Herbert Blockley of London sold for an unexpected £2800 at Potteries Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Stoke-on- Trent.

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Brief histories of time

11 November 2019

This unassuming Grana military issue c.1945 shown below forms part of the so-called Dirty Dozen wristwatches made by 12 Swiss manufacturers for the British army.

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Sully surfaces for a £17,000 sale

19 August 2019

Clock produced by Englishman influential in French horology impresses in Norfolk auction.

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Masterpieces to a Rothschild’s taste tempt buyers during a packed London sales week

08 July 2019

The 52-lot auction of furniture, paintings and works of art collected by members of the Rothschild family was among the most animated during a packed week of London showpiece sales.

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Renaissance continues in market for mechanical wristwatchs

15 April 2019

Watch collectors priced out of the market for blue-chip branded sports models are finding value for money elsewhere.

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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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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.