21st October 2016 
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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 1908-PSB-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.
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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The Royal Mail have withdrawn a key mailing option, please see International shipping options below

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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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The Brackley Antiques Cellar, Northamptonshire

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    The Brackley Antiques Cellar
    Drayman’s Walk
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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 Shipping

From 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.

Availability of old watches for restoration has gone from variable to very poor. Again last month I bought in fewer watches than I sold and have only had a couple in the last week, so am working on my backlog. The total volume of eBay listings is about half what it was a few years ago and the majority is made up of uncased movements mostly not working and very poor quality stuff. In the past I can remember having 40 - 60 bids on eBay at any one time, at the moment I only have 6 bids in for working watches. I have had no luck at Antiques markets either, although I saw a few decent unrestored watches last week the prices were not far short of what I would charge fully restored and guaranteed! Not Good, hopefully there will be more available in the run up to Christmas.
Updated 3rd October 2016

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 it is not unusual for watches to sell within 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.

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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 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.

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English Pocket Watches

  • E733. Rotherham for Storey, Centre Secs, 20J, English Silver, 1894.

    American Pocket Watches

  • W688. Waltham 1908-Riverside 19J Railroad Grade Watch, Filled Gold, 1918.
  • W689. Waltham 1908-625, 17J, Filled Gold, 1908.
  • W690. Waltham 1908-PSB, 17J, Filled Gold, 1918.
  • W691. Waltham 1883-PSB, 17J, Filled Gold, 1907.

    J.W. Benson

  • S796. J.W. Benson (Swiss) 15J Fly Back Chronograph, Swiss Silver, c1898.

    Swiss Pocket Watches

  • S795. Omega 15J, Sterling Silver, 1914.
  • S797. Thos Russell (Revue), 9J Hunter, Rolled Gold, c1935.


    English Pocket Watches

  • E726. J.G. Graves The "Express" English Lever (Lancashire Watch Co.), 1901.
  • E728. Lancashire Watch Co. for McGregor, 15J, English Silver, 1895.
  • E729. Williamson "English Pioneer Lever", Filled Gold, c1911.
  • E730. Rotherham for Dawson, 19J, 14K Filled Gold, 1914.

    J.W. Benson Pocket Watches

  • E731. Rotherham for J.W. Benson, 11J, English Silver, 1911.
  • S765. J.W. Benson "Greenwich" (Tavannes), 15J, English Silver, 1936.

    American Pocket Watches

  • W677. Keystone Howard Duracy, Silveroid, c1910.
  • W678. Hampdon Model 3 S18 Railroad watch, 21J, Silverode, 1900.
  • W679. Waltham 1908-625, 17J, English Silver, 1915.
  • W680. Waltham 1888-Royal,15J, Swiss Silver, 1891/2.
  • W681. Waltham 1899-Royal, 17J, English Silver, 1908.
  • W682. Illinois #6 "Bunn", 17J S18 Railroad watch, Silverode, 1899.
  • W683. Illinois #6-89, 17J S18 Railroad watch, Display Case, 1919.
  • W684. Waltham 1892-Vanguard 21J S18 Railroad watch, Silverode, 1903.
  • W685. Waltham 1879-Wm Ellery, 11J, OreSilver, 1882.
  • W686. Waltham 1908-Royal, 17J Hunter, Rolled Gold, 1913/14.
  • W687. Waltham 1908-PSB, 17J, English Silver, 1919.

    Swiss Pocket Watches

  • S791. Thos Russell (Doxa), 10J, Filled Gold, c1920.
  • S793 Sammes (Hand Landeron), , 15J, Swiss Silver, c 1895.

    Dress Watches

  • W665. Waltham 1894-Royal, 17J, Filled Gold, 1903.
  • W666. Waltham 1894-1217, 17J, Filled Gold, 1935.
  • W676. Waltham 1894-220, 15J, Rolled Gold, 1918.
  • S783. LB&F (Omega) Labrador, 15J, Filled Gold, 1898.


    With 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. "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 at Brackley is also available online but is listed separately.

    Web Stock as @ 10:00 19th October.

    W685 Waltham 1879-Wm Ellery, Silveroid 11J 1882 £300
    W688 Waltham 1908-Riverside, Gold 19J 1918 £500
    W680 Waltham 1888-Royal for Fattorrini., Silver 15J 1891/2 £350
    W687 Waltham 1908-PSB, Silver 17J 1919 £375
    W690 Waltham 1908-PSB, Gold 17J 1918 £400
    W679 Waltham 1908-625, Silver 17J 1915 £340
    W592 Waltham 1908-625, Gold 17J 1917/18 £350
    W633 Waltham 1908-620, Gold 15J 1917/18 £275
    W665 Waltham 1894-Royal, Gold 17J 1903 £375
    W676 Waltham 1894-220, Gold 15J 1918 £270
    W574 Waltham 1894-220, Gold 15J 1913 £300
    W682 Illinois Model 6 Bunn, Silveroid 17J 1899 £550
    W678 Hampden Model 3 "North American Railroad", Silveroid 21J 1900 £550
    W668 Elgin 455-15 B.W. Raymond Railroad, Nickel 19J 1921 £450
    W596 Elgin 1-18 , Silver 11J 1873 £325
    E657 Rotherham for Wright and Craighead., Silver 19J 1910 £430
    E676 Rotherham for Aldred, Silver 19J 1900 £430
    E701 Rotherham, Silver 19J 1922 £430
    E700 Errington for Fraham, Silver 16J 1904 £400
    E695 Errington for Faller, Silver 9J 1895 £375
    E729 Williamson 1905 "Pioneer English Lever" , Gold 7J c1911 £275
    E726 Graves Express English Lever (LWC), Silver 7J 1901 £230
    E681 William Ehrhardt / Brooks Banks, Silver 7J 1892 £200
    S795 Omega, Silver 15J 1914 £375
    S662 Louis Brandt and Frère (Omega)., Gold 15J 1901 £325
    S749 Zenith, Silver 15J 1919 £380
    S761 Zenith, Gold 15J 1918 £390
    S794 J.W. Benson "Greenwich Watch" (Tavannes), Silver 15J 1936 £425
    S780 J.W. Benson (Tavannes) Masonic, Silver 15J 1933 £400
    S746 Cyma Admiral, Silver 21J 1926 £375
    S624 Cyma, Silver 15J 1919 £260
    S659 Cyma 999, Silver 15J 1929 £265
    S671 Cyma 999, Silver 15J 1929 £250
    S768 Nilsson Sola (Revue), Silver 15J c1915 £315
    S766 Revue, Gold 15J c1920 £302
    S637 Limit (Revue), Silver 15J 1917 £290
    S703 Limit (Revue) , Silver 15J 1919 £280
    S549 Gaydon & Sons (Vertex / Revue), Silver 15J 1924 £290
    S705 Revue, Gold 15J c1930 £305
    S710 Kay's Keyless Triumph (Revue), Silver 15J 1928 £290
    S711 Limit (Revue), Silver 19J 1929 £340
    S712 Limit No2 (Revue), Silver 15J 1937 £250
    S706 Record, Silver 15J 1927 £275
    S730 Büren, Silver 15J 1949 £265
    S690 Samuel "Acme Lever" (Büren), Silver 15J 1919 £275
    S793 Sammes (Hand Landeron), Silver 15J c 1895 £350
    S791 Thos Russell (Doxa), Gold 15J c1920 £225
    S781 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 15J Half Hunter,c1910 £380
    S770 Unsigned Swiss, Gold 17J Hunter,c1921 £380
    S707 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 15J 1919 £265
    S709 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 16J 1925 £290

    Brackley & Web Stock as @ 10:30 14th October.

    W683 Illinois 6-89 Railroad Watch, Display Case 17J 1919 £475
    W588 Waltham 1883-Sterling, Silveroid 7J 1901 £250
    W667 Waltham 1908-Traveler, Silver 9J 1925 £275
    W660 Waltham 1888-28, Silver 15J 1896 £275
    W677 Keystone Howard Duracy, Silveroid 7J c1910 £275
    W387 Waltham 1894-220 , White Gold 15J 1920 £300
    W576 Seth Thomas model 8 , Gold 7J 1896 £375
    E710 Rotherham, Silver 19J 1899 £400
    E591 LWC, Gold 7J c1907 £270
    S657 Omega., Nickel Silver 15J 1923 £350
    S689 Büren, Silver 15J 1930 £280
    S692 Tavannes, Gold 15J c1913 £285
    S572 Syren (Revue) , Gold 15J c1926 £290
    S632 Cyma, Nickel Silver 7J 1924/5 £225
    S520 Unsigned Swiss, Gold 15J c 1930 £250
    S682 DF&C Selezi (Revue), Silver 15J 1919 £305
    S429 Limit (Revue) , Silver 7J 1919 £250

    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!"

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