18th March 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.

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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 will therefore be closing the Brackley outlet on the 26th March.

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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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.

Please note that Brackley do not ship watches on my behalf and cannot provide stock updates, any enquiries should be addressed to me by e-mail.

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.

In less than 5 years from setting up the web site I sold 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 :


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

  • SOLD Errington, 16J, English Silver, 1917.

    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.

    American Pocket Watches

  • SOLD Elgin 6-152-35, 15J Hunter, Filled Gold, 1899.
  • SOLD Elgin 6-292-109, 7J Hunter, Filled Gold, 1925.


    American Railroad Grade Pocket Watches

  • SOLD Waltham 1899-Vanguard, 19J Hunter, Filled Gold, 1902

    American Pocket Watches

  • SOLD Waltham 1908-620, 15J, Rolled Gold, 1927.
  • SOLD Waltham 1899-610, 7J, English Silver, 1903.
  • W747. Waltham 1908-1609 Premier 9J, Silveroid, 1942/3

    J.W. Benson Pocket Watches

  • SOLD J.W. Benson (Longines), 15J, Sterling Silver, 1911.
  • SOLD J.W. Benson "City Watch", 15J, English Silver, 1934.
  • SOLD J.W. Benson The "Bank" Watch, 11J, English Silver, 1920.

    Swiss Pocket Watches

  • SOLD Omega for Holzbock, 15J, Swiss Silver & Gilt, 1902.
  • SOLD Zenith 15J, Nickel Alloy, 1915.
  • S870. Zenith (Buser) 15J, Sterling Silver, 1919.
  • S871. Tavannes Lepine 15J, Filled Gold, 1921.
  • S872. Unsigned Swiss 15J, Sterling Silver, 1919.
  • SOLD. Longines for Russell, 15J, English Silver, 1880.


    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 @ 18:00 15th March.

    English Pocket Watches

    E809 Newsome Errington, Silver 11J 1893 £385

    English Verge Fusee, Fusee Lever & Key Set Watches

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

    J.W. Benson English and Swiss Pocket Watches

    American Pocket Watches

    W747 Waltham 1908-1609 Premier., Silveroid 9 J 1942/3 £300

    Swiss Pocket Watches

    S870 Zenith (Buser), Silver 15J 1919 £350
    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
    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
    S879 Büren, Gold 15J Hunter,c1930 £370
    S835 Büren, Silver 15J 1925 £285
    S872 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 15J 1919 £260
    S781 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 15J Half Hunter,c1910 £380

    Dress & Fob Watches.

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

    Brackley & Web Stock as @ 15:00 3rd March.

    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 usually have to go there to see what has sold, updates on Brackley stock will therefore be less frequent.

    W677 Keystone Howard Duracy, Silveroid 7J c1910 £275
    S657 Omega., Nickel Silver 15J 1923 £330
    S692 Tavannes, Gold 15J c1913 £285
    S632 Cyma, Nickel Silver 7J 1924/5 £225
    S793 Sammes (Hand Landeron), Silver 15J c 1895 £350
    S624 Cyma, Silver 15J 1919 £260
    S682 DF&C Selezi (Revue), Silver 15J 1919 £305
    S829 Stauffer (Revue), Nickel 15J c1930 £280

    Marine Bulkhead 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.

    The British Horological Institute
    The Coventry Watch Museum Project

    Valuations & Selling

    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"


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


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