Antique & Vintage Pocket Watches
I am a specialist UK based restorer selling working pocket watches dating from the mid 19th century onwards, many are ‘true’ antiques dating from before 1915 the rest being “Vintage” and almost entirely pre 1939.
Stock is dependent on what I am able to buy in for restoration but a good selection of American, English Going Barrel 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 the 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 on-line and selected watches are available from The Brackley Antiques Cellar.
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 on-line 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 12% 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The Royal Mail have withdrawn a key mailing option, please see International shipping options below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 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), most 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."
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.Unlike the last couple of years the hoped for pre Christmas rush did happen and I acquired a large number of watches although strangely they were mainly Swiss of decent quality but with a number of nice Omega's as well. Mid range Walthams and English watches of any description were very hard to come by. Apart from a few gems, there has been very little coming on to the market since Christmas which is not unusual.
Updated 14th January 2016
During January and February very few watches were available with fewer on eBay than has been seen for many years, in fact since not long after eBay started 20 years ago (I am told). The gradual decline over the few years has suddenly become much more serious - there were after all a finite number made - and if it continues at this rate I see significant price increases happening. To help with availability I have resumed restoration of key set watches which I largely stopped doing 2 or 3 years ago in favour of the more popular keyless..
Updated 26th February 2016
For a couple of weeks in March there were quite a lot of watches around, 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
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 antique and vintage pocket watches for my personal satisfaction, but after a while my collection started to get out of hand so I started selling 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 started to sell through 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 at auction.
The following watches are available again having been reserved but then not paid for:
J.W. Benson 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 on-line 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 on-line but is listed separately.
Web Stock as @ 14:00 27th April.W581 Waltham 1883-PSB, Silver 17J 1903 £425
W582 Waltham 1883-PSB, Nickel 15J 1890 £375
W588 Waltham 1883-Sterling, Silveroid 7J 1901 £250
W591 Waltham 1908-PSB, Gold 17J 1918 £375
W592 Waltham 1908-625, Gold 17J 1917/18 £350
W554 Waltham 1899-620, Gold 15J Hunter,1903 £320
W449 Waltham 1899-620, Gold 15J 1900 £300
W558 Waltham 1888-Bond St. , Gold 7J 1896-7 £270
W387 Waltham 1894-220 , White Gold 15J 1920 £300
W574 Waltham 1894-220, Gold 15J 1913 £340
W570 Waltham 1908-610, Silver 7J Half Hunter,1920 £385
W560 Illinois Bunn Special model 9. , Gold 21J 1923 £530
W576 Seth Thomas model 8 , Gold 7J 1896 £375
E673 P & A Guye, Silver 9J 1888 £525
E657 Rotherham for Wright and Craighead., Silver 19J 1910 £490
E676 Rotherham for Aldred, Silver 19J £490
E701 Rotherham, Silver 19J 1922 £490
E700 Errington for Fraham, Silver 16J 1904 £440
E695 Errington for Faller, Silver 9J 1895 £400
E694 Hall & Co End, Silver 9J 1889 £325
E684 Rotherham for Egan, Key Set, Silver 7J 1892 £270
E681 William Ehrhardt / Brooks Banks, Silver 7J 1892 £200
S663 LB&F Omega (Labrador), Nickel Silver 15J 1900 £375
S666 Louis Brandt and Frère (Omega)., Silver 15J 1901/2 £350
S662 Louis Brandt and Frère (Omega)., Gold 15J 1901 £325
S676 Omega 20LB, Silver 15J 1921/22 £410
S661 Omega, Silver 15J 1906 £375
S697 Omega, Gold 15J 1903/4 £300
S742 J.W. Benson (Tavannes 939), Silver 15J 1931 £320
S624 Cyma, Silver 15J 1919 £270
S659 Cyma 999, Silver 15J 1929 £285
S671 Cyma 999, Silver 15J 1929 £250
S631 Tavannes., Silver 18J 1919/20 £320
S714 Tavannes, Silver 15J 1908 £250
S651 John Elkan "Colonial" (Revue), Silver 15J 1928 £330
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
S682 DF&C Selezi (Revue), Silver 15J 1919 £325
S706 Record, Silver 15J 1927 £280
S730 Büren, Silver 15J 1949 £300
S690 Samuel "Acme Lever" (Büren), Silver 15J 1919 £280
S649 Minerva. , Gold 15J Half Hunter,c1930 £375
S739 Trojan, Gold 17J c1930 £310
S707 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 15J 1919 £275
S709 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 16J 1925 £310
Brackley & Web Stock as @ 16:00 22nd April.W411 Waltham 1899-620, Gold 15J 1907/8 £280
W584 Waltham 1908-610, Silver 7J 1924 £275
W602 Waltham 1888-Bond St, Gold 7J 1897 £
E591 LWC, Gold 7J c1907 £270
S657 Omega., Nickel Silver 15J 1923 £375
S689 Büren, Silver 15J 1930 £280
S656 Tavannes, Gold 15J Hunter,1921 £320
S692 Tavannes, Gold 15J c1913 £285
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
S429 Limit (Revue) , Silver 7J 1919 £250
S701 Ingomar, Silver 15J c1905 £300
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
I don't do repairs, 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 the "What to Buy" page (see left)
Birminham Assay Office
OtherEclectic Potted Histories a BLOG by Helen Lashbrook
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