20th May 2018 
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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.

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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The Royal Mail have withdrawn a key mailing option, please see International shipping options on the next page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 Postings

News 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 do

I 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 Closure

The 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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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 :

May

English Pocket Watches

  • E820. Errington, 16J Half Hunter, English Silver, 1903.

    April

    English Pocket Watches

  • E814. Rotherham for Reid, 19J, English Silver, 1916.
  • E815. Lancashire Watch Co. "Vigil", 7J, English Silver, 1908.
  • E816. Errington for Walter, 16J, English Silver, 1907.
  • E817. Errington, 16J, English Silver, 1896.
  • E818. Rotherham for Yabsley, 19J, English Silver, 1934.

    J.W. Benson Pocket Watches

  • S883. J.W. Benson (Longines), 11J Key Set, Swiss Silver, 1893.

    Swiss Pocket Watches

  • SOLD Omega 15J, Rolled Gold, 1920.
  • SOLD Zenith for Hughes, 15J, Nickel Alloy, 1954.
  • S886. Zenith for Barraclough, 15J, Rolled Gold, c1934.
  • S887. Syren (Revue), 15J Half Hunter, English Silver, 1918.
  • SOLD Louis Brandt and Frère (Omega) "Labrador", 15J, Swiss Silver, 1897/8.
  • S889. Revue, 15J, Nickel Alloy, c1930.

    American Pocket Watches

  • SOLD Waltham 1899-630, 17J, English Silver, 1907.
  • W757. Waltham 1899-625, 17J Hunter, Filled Gold, 1903.

    March

    J.W. Benson Pocket Watches

  • SOLD J.W. Benson "City Watch", 15J, English Silver, 1934.
  • SOLD J.W. Benson "Best London", 11J, 9 carat Gold, 1922.

    English Pocket Watches

  • E813. Errington for Quinn, 9J, English Silver, 1903.

    Swiss Pocket Watches

  • SOLD Büren Grand Prix, 15J, English Silver, 1951.
  • SOLD Vertex Revue Railway Presentation Watch, 15J, Rolled Gold, c 1962.
  • SOLD J.W. Benson "City Watch", 15J, English Silver, 1936.
  • S877. Veracity by Masters of Rye (Revue) Nickel Alloy, c1935.
  • S878. Syren (Revue), 15J, Sterling Silver, 1919.
  • S879. Büren, 15J Hunter, Rolled Gold, c1930.
  • S880. Unsigned Swiss, 15J Hunter, English Silver, 1941.
  • S882. Russell / Unsigned Swiss, 10J Hunter, Rolled Gold, c1930.

    American Pocket Watches

  • SOLD Elgin 6-152-35, 15J Hunter, Filled Gold, 1899.
  • SOLD Elgin 6-292-109, 7J Hunter, Filled Gold, 1925.
  • SOLD Waltham 1883-81, 15J, Filled Gold, 1908.
  • W751. Waltham 1908-620, 15J, Rolled Gold, 1908.
  • SOLD Waltham 1899-Riverside, 17J, English SIlver, 1901.
  • W753. Waltham 1883-Wm Ellery, 11J Hunter, "Sterling" silver, 1889.
  • W754. Waltham 1899-630 own label for Dillon, 17J, Filled Gold, 1902.
  • W755. Waltham 1899-625, 17J Hunter, Filled Gold, 1903.


  • STOCK LIST

    Due 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 @ 17:00 20th May April

    English Keyless

    E814 Rotherham for Reid, Silver 19J 1916 £475
    E816 Errington for Walter, Silver 16J 1907 £425
    E817 Errington, Silver 16J 1896 £400
    E809 Newsome Errington, Silver 11J 1893 £385
    E813 Errington For Quinn, Silver 9J 1903 £380
    E815 LWC Vigil, Silver 7J 1908 £300

    Verge Fusee, Fusee Lever & Key Set

    E781 Row, Pair Cased Verge Fusee, Silver 0J 1862 £425
    E782 Unsigned English Fusee, Silver 9J 1876 £320

    J.W. Benson English

    Sold Out

    Swiss: J.W. Benson, IWC & Stauffer

    Sold Out

    American

    W753 Waltham 1883-Wm Ellery, Silver 11J Hunter,1889 £430
    W754 Waltham 1999-630 For Dillon, Gold 17J 1902 £385
    W757 Waltham 1899-625., Gold 17J Hunter,1903 £385
    W755 Waltham 1899-625, Gold 17J Hunter,1903 £375
    W747 Waltham 1908-1609 Premier., Silveroid 9 J 1942/3 £300
    W751 Waltham 1908-620, Gold 15J 1908 £275
    W677 Keystone Howard Duracy, Silveroid 7J c1910 £275

    Swiss by Omega, Zenith & Longines

    S657 Omega., Nickel Silver 15J 1923 £330
    S886 Zenith 19-34-1-T for Barraclough & Sons, Gold 15J c1934 £400
    S870 Zenith (Buser), Silver 15J 1919 £350

    Swiss by Cyma & Tavannes

    S746 Cyma Admiral, Silver 21J 1926 £375
    S871 Tavannes Lepine, Gold 15J 1921 £365
    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

    S862 Neil Terminus (Revue), Silver 15J 1926 £300
    S682 DF&C Selezi (Revue), Silver 15J 1919 £305
    S829 Stauffer (Revue), Nickel 15J c1930 £280
    S878 Syren (Revue), Silver 15J 1919 £320
    S853 DF&c (Revue?), Gold 15J c1920 £305
    S877 Veracity by Masters of Rye (Revue), Nickel Silver 7J c1935 £275
    S549 Gaydon & Sons (Vertex / Revue), Silver 15J 1924 £290

    Swiss by Minerva, Büren & Record

    S879 Büren, Gold 15J Hunter,c1930 £370
    S835 Büren, Silver 15J 1925 £285

    Unsigned Swiss & Other

    S880 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 45J Hunter,1941 £425
    S882 Russell, Gold 10J Hunter,c1930 £350
    S872 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 15J 1919 £260
    S781 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 15J Half Hunter,c1910 £380

    Fob watches & Dress Watches

    W676 Waltham 1894-220, Gold 15J 1918 £270

    Marine Clocks

    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 Links

    Oxford Pocket Watches on Facebook
    Oxford Pocket Watches Blog.

    Horological Institutes, Societies etc.

    NAWCC
    The British Horological Institute
    The Coventry Watch Museum Project

    Valuations & Selling

    Fellows
    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 repairs

    Not cheap but the few repairs I have had done have been excellent:
    Adam Phillips - Gold & Silver Smith - The "Watch Case Works"

    Reference

    NAWCC Waltham Database
    Links re Watch Cases are on my Blog FAQs page
    Silver Hallmarks
    Birminham Assay Office
    Horology terms

    Other

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