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I am a specialist UK based restorer and seller of old pocket watches and now Marine Clocks dating from the mid 19th century onwards, that's all I do - no wristwatches and no servicing, restoration or repairs for other people.
Stock is dependent on what I am able to buy in for restoration but a good selection of old American, English and Swiss pocket watches is usually available. At the time of writing 40% of what I have on offer are antique watches dating from before 1916 the rest being “Vintage", this is quite typical of the watches I deal in. I rarely have vintage pocket watches for sale from after 1945.
Depending on availability I specialise in watches by J.W. Benson, American Waltham, English keyless designs from companies such as Rotherham, Errington, William Ehrhardt and The Lancashire Watch Co.. Also Swiss watches by makers International Watch Co. (IWC), Omega, Longines, Zenith, Tavannes / Cyma, Büren and Revue Thommen (branded Vertex, Limit, Russell, etc.). When I can get them I am also doing an increasing number and variety of American Railroad watches plus 19th century English Verge Fusee and Fusee Lever watches.
Most of these old watches I have for sale are in Silver, Rolled / Filled gold or base metal cases, but I sometimes have a few in solid 9 carat gold primarily Swiss made for Benson and by English makers, these are limited in number because of the higher risk involved and the lower margin on a high value item that, if sold in any number, would quickly push me over the VAT registration limit and thus increase the selling price of all my watches.
I have put some advice on buying old watches and other FAQs on my Blog and indexed them on a separate FAQs page.
No VAT!As this is a retirement business I keep my turnover below the VAT registration level so that I am not required to charge VAT on sales saving customers inside the EU at least 9% but this does mean that there is no reduction for customers in other countries.
Important information for Customers outside of the UK.
The Royal Mail have withdrawn a key mailing option, please see International shipping options on the next page
News & Blog PostingsNews of particularly interesting pocket watches for sale and short posts on horology related subjects are available on my Facebook page (just click “Like” below if you are on Facebook), many of these are also available on my Blog together with some longer articles. Blog posting can be received by e-mail and through various feeds such as RSS by visiting the Blog and registering for the appropriate service.
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About me and what I do & don't doI started by restoring old antique and vintage pocket watches for my personal satisfaction, but after a while my collection started to get out of hand so when I retired in early 2009 I started dealing in them, at first on e-bay where I had (and have) 100% approval rating, universally good feedback and a number of repeat customers from as far afield as Australia and Brazil. Volume increased and by 2012 I was mainly selling from antiques markets in Brackley, Chipping Norton and Wallingford.
In August 2012 I set up this web site and in the next year withdrew from two of the antiques markets as I could not keep them stocked, and I was spending too much time travelling retrieving stock that had sold on-line. With a significant and continuing reduction in the supply of watches suitable for restoration I pulled out of the last market in March 2018.
Brackley ClosureThe continued decline in the number of good watches available for restoration has left me struggling to maintain 30 watches in stock compared to the 80 -120 I had until about six months ago. As I can sell everything from the web site it has become no longer sensible to pay for the Brackley display case and the commission the centre takes.
I therefore closed the Brackley outlet on the 26th March.
In less than 5 years from setting up the web site I sold well over a 1,000 vintage and antique pocket watches. Every watch is stripped, restored, serviced and tested by me, a description of what that means plus warranty information can be found on the next page here.
Please note that except for warranty work and occasional repairs of watches that I have sold and that the buyer has dropped and broken I do not do repairs or restorations of watches I do not own. Also I do not buy in watches via this web site, it has the potential to create agro I do not need and to sell at the prices I do I have to buy cheap and that means careful buying at auction, for advice on selling old pocket watches see my blog.
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Recently Added.Particularly good, rare or interesting watches are usually put on my Facebook page and frequently sell within hours or even minutes so to stand the best chance of getting one of these it would be best to follow me on Facebook or if you are on Twitter to be notified of every watch being added : Follow @OxPocketwatches
OctoberEnglish Pocket Watches
Swiss Pocket Watches
SeptemberEnglish Pocket Watches
American Pocket Watches
Swiss Pocket Watches
AugustAnother 2 weeks holiday in August so not that many watches expected this month.
Watches by J.W. Benson and P & A Guye
American Pocket Watches
Swiss Pocket Watches
STOCK LISTDue to the way I track stock on my Excel spread sheet from which this list is derived, the list may not include items on the web site but reserved and will not include those still in final test and not available for shipment, however the latter are shown above under New Stock.
Gold refers to Rolled, Filled and, rarely, solid Gold. Silver refers to English Sterling Silver, imported Silver of various grades with or without English hallmarks and very occasionally Filled Silver - see listing for details. "Silveroid" is the trade name of a Nickel Alloy, in this list I use it generically to cover all variants such as OreSilver, Silveroid etc. the full listing will show which variant it is.
Stock as @ 10:00 15th October.
English by: J.W. Benson, P & A Guye and Rotherham
E829 P & A Guye for Clark, Silver 15J Half Hunter,1900 £640
E831 P & A Guye For Russell, Silver 9J 1890 £480
E814 Rotherham for Reid, Silver 19J 1916 £475
E828 Rotherham for Russell's Ltd, Silver 17J 1894 £425
E816 Errington for Walter, Silver 16J 1907 £425
E813 Errington For Quinn, Silver 9J 1903 £380
E830 LWC for Kendal & Dent, Silver 11J 1900 £350
E825 Unsigned English, Silver 9J 1894 £375
Verge Fusee, Fusee Lever & Key Set
E781 Row, Pair Cased Verge Fusee, Silver 0J 1862 £425
E782 Unsigned English Fusee, Silver 9J 1876 £320
Swiss: J.W. Benson, IWC & Stauffer
S893 J.W. Benson (Longines) Cased., Silver 15J 1906 £400
W753 Waltham 1883-Wm Ellery, Silver 11J Hunter,1889 £430
W771 Waltham 1908-625, Gold 17J 1917 £525
W770 Waltham 1908-Royal, Gold 17J Hunter,1908 £440
W762 Waltham 1908-Royal , Silver 17J 1918/19 £375
W754 Waltham 1999-630 For Dillon, Gold 17J 1902 £365
W766 Waltham 1908-PSB, Gold 17J 1918 £365
W779 Waltham 1908-Marquis, Gold 15J Hunter,1913 £340
W776 Waltham 1908-625, Gold 17J 1919 £300
W773 Waltham 1899-620 Schierwater & Lloyd, Silver 15J 1901 £300
W777 Waltham 1908-620, Gold 15J 1917/8 £290
W747 Waltham 1908-1609 Premier., Silveroid 9J 1942/3 £280
W775 Waltham 1899-610, Silveroid 9J 1907 £250
W677 Keystone Howard Duracy, Silveroid 7J c1910 £260
Swiss by Omega, Zenith & Longines
S901 LB & F Omega, Silver 15J 1899/ 1900 £375
S657 Omega., Nickel Silver 15J 1923 £330
S891 Omega for Nid "The Number Lever", Silver 15J 1905 £280
Swiss by Cyma & Tavannes
S746 Cyma Admiral, Silver 21J 1926 £375
S863 Cyma 999, Silver 17J 1936 £315
S864 Tavannes, Silver 15J 1920 £290
S659 Cyma 999, Silver 15J 1929 £265
S624 Cyma, Silver 15J 1919 £260
S632 Cyma, Nickel Silver 7J 1924/5 £225
Swiss by Revue
S896 DF&C Revue, Gold 15J 1920 £600
S899 DF&C (Revue), Silver 17J Half Hunter,1926 £450
S878 Syren (Revue), Silver 15J 1919 £320
S682 DF&C Selezi (Revue), Silver 15J 1919 £305
S862 Neil Terminus (Revue), Silver 15J 1926 £290
S549 Gaydon & Sons (Vertex / Revue), Silver 15J 1924 £275
S889 Revue, Nickel Silver 15J c1930 £260
S877 Veracity by Masters of Rye (Revue), Nickel Silver 7J c1935 £250
Swiss by Minerva, Büren & Record
S895 Büren, Silver 15J Half Hunter,1926 £425
S879 Büren, Gold 15J Hunter,c1930 £370
S835 Büren, Silver 15J 1925 £285
Unsigned Swiss & Other
S880 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 15J Hunter,1941 £425
S781 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 15J Half Hunter,c1910 £380
Fob watches & Dress Watches
W676 Waltham 1894-220, Gold 15J 1918 £270
MC2 Tempora (Smiths ), Brass 7J c1960 £450
MC1 Sestrel (Elliott), Brass 7J c1955 £425
MC4 Smith Astral Cal156 Centre Seconds, Base Metal 7J c1937 £425
MC3 Marpro (Smiths Cal 31) 8 Day, Brass 15J c1965 £275
Market & Stock Updates.A good number of watches by Benson and a few very nice high end ones by Waltham came along in early November, other than that supply remains very limited (and through 9th December got much worse, only 1 watch acquired in the last 13 days!).
Updated 25th November & 9th December 2016
Some nice watches became available pre Christmas but many had major faults and /or went for a lot of money. Apart from 3 or 4 lucky finds there has been little of note since Christmas and the better watches have been rather too expensive. Only 7 watches acquired in the last 3 weeks - not good.
Updated 13th &20th January 2017
The last English Keyless watch I bought in was 5 weeks ago and it is 8 weeks since I got a high grade American watch in. And I don't recall loosing many at auction, at least at a half way sensible price. The only good news is that I have been able to buy a few nice Fusee watches (and a good few that have problems which was not good news) and that I managed to built stock before the fly fishing season started.
Updated 13 May 2017
The drought continues although I have managed to get in one Vanguard and one good English half hunter since the last update, that's it for quality keyless watches.
Updated 4th June 2017
Even fewer high end watches about over the last couple of months!
Updated 13th August 2017
The availability of top quality watches can be described in one word - dire.
Updated 20th November 2017
Poor availability all round, I am at my lowest stock level for over 6 years, with about a third of what was normal before the middle of last year. :(
Updated 22nd January 2018
Previous updates can be found on this blog page
Some Hopefully Useful LinksOxford Pocket Watches on Facebook
Oxford Pocket Watches Blog.
Horological Institutes, Societies etc.NAWCC
The British Horological Institute
The Coventry Watch Museum Project
Valuations & SellingFellows
Advice on selling old pocket watches
I don't do repairs on watches I do not own, others do:I have no experience of any of these...
The British Horological Institute - Repairers
Renaissance Watch Repair (USA)
The Clock Workshop, Witney
Silver & Gold Watch Case repairsNot cheap but the few repairs I have had done have been excellent:
Adam Phillips - Gold & Silver Smith - The "Watch Case Works"
ReferenceNAWCC Waltham Database
Links re Watch Cases are on my Blog FAQs page
Birminham Assay Office
OtherEclectic Potted Histories a BLOG by Helen Lashbrook
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