Antique & Vintage Pocket Watches
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I am a specialist UK based restorer and dealer selling old pocket watches dating from the mid 19th century onwards, at the time of writing 40% 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.
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.
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 Omega, Longines, Tavannes / Cyma, Büren and Revue Thommen (branded Vertex, Limit, Russell, etc.). I am also doing an increasing number of American Railroad watches such as the Waltham 1892-Vanguard and the 1899 & 1909 Vanguard, Crescent St and Riverside.
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.
All are available for sale online and selected watches are available from The Brackley Antiques Cellar.
I have put some advice on buying old watches and other FAQs on my blog and indexed them on a separate FAQs page.
A small stock of antique & vintage silver, rolled gold and base metal chains and watch fob medals are available for sale at The Brackley Antiques Cellar and online so that you can buy a complete ensemble.
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The Royal Mail have withdrawn a key mailing option, please see International shipping options below
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.
The Brackley Antiques Cellar, Northamptonshire
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The Brackley Antiques Cellar
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"The largest purpose-built centre in the Midlands" with over 200 dealers.
Winner: Homes & Antiques Magazine "Antiques Centre of the Year 2013".
Open 10:00 till 17:00 7 days a week (Except Christmas day, Boxing day & New Years day), it is under Waitrose Supermarket and has free parking and a Tea Room.
With high demand through the web site I found I was no longer able to efficiently stock two antiques centres (let alone the three which I used to have), I therefore closed the display cabinet at Wallingford on 6th January 2014.
International ShippingFrom 1st April 2014 the recently privatised Royal Mail withdrew their international "AirSure" service, the means that the maximum insurance available through the mail is now £250. At the customers risk I can send worldwide for a flat rate of £15 with this maximum compensation of £250. Alternative methods with full insurance is expensive in the range £50 - £70 for a £500 consignment, when ordering please let me know if you wish to have the fully insured option.
UK customers are unaffected, their watches will continue to be shipped by RM Special Deliver, fully insured.
Market & Stock Updates.For a couple of weeks in March there were quite a lot of unrestored antique pocket watches for sale, many of them of good quality - at a price! Since then things have quietened down again, although there are about 30% more showing than in January of February there are probably about half the number that were on offer a couple of years ago.
Updated 11th April 2016
During the last 6 months the availability of old watches for restoration has been extremely variable, I have been able to acquire some really nice English keyless watches, a few top quality American and a reasonable number of "standard" Swiss watches but there have generally been few in the mid range, such as 15 and 17 jewel watches by Waltham. Demand for restored watches has also fluctuated wildly, dropping dramatically at the time of Brexit then suddenly booming towards the end of July.
Updated 13th August 2016
Lists of watches recently added are shown below under New Stock as is a (reasonably) current Stock List.
Previous updates can be found on this blog page
Don’t see what you want?If you are looking for something I don’t have, perhaps one similar to a sold watch shown on the site or from a specific year, town or maker and it is within the general area I deal in e-mail me and if one comes up I’ll let you know – no obligation!
But be warned it could take some time, the record for a successful search is currently 8 months to track down a watch signed by a particular London retailer for a descendent of the then owner. And Irequests not yet fulfilled that go back three years.
How this works:
I have quite a few people on my list with a wide range of requirements some of which are quite specific and because of the time it takes me to go through the list matching watches to requirements it is not practical to send out an email as each watch is added so the process is as follows.
1. A watch is first added to the web site and listed below under New Stock.
2. If it is of particular interest for any reason or is just a good example of its type I may also show it on my Facebook page. Recent Facebook Posts can be seen immediately below this section.
3. Then every few weeks I send out a consolidated email to those who may be interested in one of the new additions since the last email, but only if at least one of the watches appears to meet their criteria.
4. And it is first come first served.
But be aware that for watches in high demand such as Silver (half) hunters and high quality English watches it is not unusual for watches to sell within hours or minutes of them going onto the web site as many of my regular customers check out the New Stock list very frequently or follow (Like) the Facebook page.
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 I started dealing in them, at first largely on e-bay where I have 100% approval rating, universally good feedback and a number of repeat customers from as far afield as Australia and Brazil. When I officially retired I set up as a specialist dealer at antiques markets - at one time three of them - but I am now selling primarily through this website but also through the Brackley Antiques Cellar where prospective customers can see before they buy.
Please note that except for warranty work 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.
AugustEnglish Pocket Watches
J.W. Benson Pocket Watches
American Pocket Watches
Now release for sale - in a very early Dennison case, most probably made in his garden shed!:
Swiss Pocket Watches
JulyEnglish Pocket Watches
J.W. Benson Pocket Watches
Swiss Pocket Watches
American Pocket Watches
STOCK LISTWith between a third and a half of the stock selling every month, new stock frequently being added and items being reserved, manually keeping a consolidated online stock list completely up to date is not easy so my apologies if it lags behind reality a little. With the number of display cabinets and stands at the Brackley Antiques Cellar together with the large number of items sold each day it would be totally impractical for the staff to tell me when items have sold, so I have to go there to check stock or to ring up on occasion to see what has sold, updates on Brackley stock will therefore be less frequent.
Unfortunately it is not practical to manually build direct links to each entry on the site but it should be relatively straightforward to identify which page they are on by cross referring to the menu on the left side of the page.
Due to the way I track stock on my Excel spread sheet from which this list is derived, the list will not normally include items on the web site but reserved nor 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.
Stock at Brackley is also available online but is listed separately.
Web Stock as @ 17:00 29th August.W581 Waltham 1883-PSB, Silver 17J 1903 £375
W588 Waltham 1883-Sterling, Silveroid 7J 1901 £250
W607 Waltham 1908-PSB, Gold 17J 1918/19 £360
W661 Waltham 1888-Riverside for Hogg and Shaw, Gold 15J 1895 £340
W592 Waltham 1908-625, Gold 17J 1917/18 £350
W633 Waltham 1908-620, Gold 15J 1917/18 £275
W631 Waltham 1908-1609, Gold 9J 1937/8 £275
W667 Waltham 1908-Traveler, Silver 9J 1925 £275
W387 Waltham 1894-220 , White Gold 15J 1920 £300
W574 Waltham 1894-220, Gold 15J 1913 £340
W638 Waltham 1883-Am.W.Co. , Silver 13J 1886 £270
W596 Elgin 1-18 , Silver 11J 1873 £
E657 Rotherham for Wright and Craighead., Silver 19J 1910 £430
E676 Rotherham for Aldred, Silver 19J 1900 £430
E701 Rotherham, Silver 19J 1922 £430
E710 Rotherham, Silver 19J 1899 £400
E700 Errington for Fraham, Silver 16J 1904 £400
E695 Errington for Faller, Silver 9J 1895 £375
E681 William Ehrhardt / Brooks Banks, Silver 7J 1892 £200
S662 Louis Brandt and Frère (Omega)., Gold 15J 1901 £325
S749 Zenith, Silver 15J 1919 £380
S761 Zenith, Gold 15J 1918 £390
S780 J.W. Benson (Tavannes) Masonic, Silver 15J 1933 £425
S746 Cyma Admiral, Silver 21J 1926 £375
S624 Cyma, Silver 15J 1919 £270
S659 Cyma 999, Silver 15J 1929 £285
S671 Cyma 999, Silver 15J 1929 £250
S768 Nilsson Sola (Revue), Silver 15J c1915 £335
S766 Revue, Gold 15J c1920 £325
S637 Limit (Revue), Silver 15J 1917 £310
S703 Limit (Revue) , Silver 15J 1919 £300
S549 Gaydon & Sons (Vertex / Revue), Silver 15J 1924 £310
S705 Revue, Gold 15J c1930 £325
S710 Kay's Keyless Triumph (Revue), Silver 15J 1928 £310
S711 Limit (Revue), Silver 19J 1929 £340
S712 Limit No2 (Revue), Silver 15J 1937 £250
S706 Record, Silver 15J 1927 £280
S778 Büren, Silver 15J Half Hunter,1924 £325
S730 Büren, Silver 15J 1949 £300
S690 Samuel "Acme Lever" (Büren), Silver 15J 1919 £280
S781 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 15J Half Hunter,c1910 £380
S770 Unsigned Swiss, Gold 17J Hunter,c1921 £380
S707 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 15J 1919 £275
S709 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 16J 1925 £310
Brackley & Web Stock as @ 11:30 20th August.Please note that the Brackley Antiques Cellar only sell face-to-face and do not ship watches, enquiries regarding watches for shipment should be made via the web site.
W602 Waltham 1888-Bond St, Gold 7J 1897 £250
W576 Seth Thomas model 8 , Gold 7J 1896 £375
W660 Waltham 1888-28, Silver 15J 1896 £275
E591 LWC, Gold 7J c1907 £270
E673 P & A Guye, Silver 9J 1888 £480
S657 Omega., Nickel Silver 15J 1923 £350
S689 Büren, Silver 15J 1930 £280
S765 J.W. Benson (Tavannes), Silver 15J 1935 £375
S692 Tavannes, Gold 15J c1913 £285
S714 Tavannes, Silver 15J 1908 £250
S572 Syren (Revue) , Gold 15J c1926 £310
S667 Harrison (Cyma 999), Silver 15J 1919 £300
S632 Cyma, Nickel Silver 7J 1924/5 £225
S520 Unsigned Swiss, Gold 15J c 1930 £250
S682 DF&C Selezi (Revue), Silver 15J 1919 £325
S429 Limit (Revue) , Silver 7J 1919 £250
S635 Buser Freres & Cie , Gold 15J c1925 £225
Some Customer Comments
"Just a quick email to say thank you so so much - the watch and chain arrived earlier this morning - they are both absolutely amazing, and more perfect than I could imagine! Thank you for all of your help with making the final decision and ordering up, you've been really great."
"Hi John, watch is all you described and more, absolutely love it, thank you"
"I am delighted with it, as elegant as expected and it is now ticking away nicely. Thanks for your prompt and extremely helpful service as well, it is much appreciated."
" Watch and chain delivered safely! I love both"... "Thank you for all your invaluable help and for a fantastic service"
"I really am so pleased with them, they are sat here on the table ticking away and looking beautiful and I can't stop smiling!"
"..we received the watch today and we are really pleased with it. Many thanks for your help"
"Very pleased, thank you. I fired her up and she is keeping time safely ensconced in my jacket pocket. […] Thank you for your excellent service."
"The quality of the items, prompt and kind responses to enquiries, and shipping completed on the very day of payment --- all these combine to make your Website one of the best places to look for good-quality antique pocket watches made and/or retailed in England." [A customer in Japan]
“The watch arrived this morning safe and sound. I'm very pleased with the look of it. Thank you for a very efficient service."
Some Hopefully Useful LinksOxford Pocket Watches on Facebook
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
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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