Antique & Vintage Pocket Watches
Restored and Guaranteed
I am a specialist UK based restorer and seller of old pocket watches dating from the mid 19th century onwards, that's all I do - no wristwatches and no servicing, restoration or repairs for other people.
December Holiday Period
I am now closed for on-line sales until after Christmas.
E-Mails will be answered but it may take a bit longer than normal.
Sales at the Brackley Antiques Cellar are not affected
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 Omega, Longines, Zenith, Tavannes / Cyma, Büren and Revue Thommen (branded Vertex, Limit, Russell, etc.). I am also doing an increasing number and variety of American Railroad watches - when I can get them.
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 also 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.
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.
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.
About me and 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 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 three antiques markets.
In August 2012 I set up this web site and it is now my primary outlet as I subsequently withdrew from two of the antiques markets as I could not keep them stocked, also I was spending too much time travelling retrieving stock that had sold on-line. I am still at The Brackley Antiques Cellar, which is reasonably local, where prospective customers can see before they buy.
Since setting up the web site I have sold close to 1,000 vintage and antique pocket watches and expect to be well over that number by the 5th anniversary. Having been caught out twice early on reselling watches bought in from apparently reputable eBay dealers as fully service & restored - that had not been, 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.
Recently Added.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.
DecemberEnglish Pocket Watches
American Pocket Watches
NovemberJ.W. Benson English & Swiss Pocket Watches
English Pocket Watches
American Pocket Watches
Swiss Pocket Watches
STOCK LISTUnfortunately 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 @ 15:00 9th December.English Pocket Watches
E676 Rotherham for Aldred, Silver 19J 1900 £430
E710 Rotherham, Silver 19J 1899 £400
E738 Errington for Evans, Silver 16J 1895 £370
E726 Graves Express English Lever (LWC), Silver 7J 1901 £230
E681 William Ehrhardt / Brooks Banks, Silver 7J 1892 £200
J.W. Benson English and Swiss Pocket Watches
S813 J.W. Benson Observatory (Tavannes) , Gold 16J Half Hunter,1932 £450
S799 J.W. Benson "Observatory Watch" (Tavannes), Silver 16J 1938 £375
S811 J.W. Benson Greenwich (Tavannes), Silver 15J 1932 £355
S798 J.W. Benson "City Watch" (Tavannes), Silver 15J 1937 £355
S803 J.W. Benson (Revue), Gold 15J c1928 £355
American Pocket Watches
W685 Waltham 1879-Wm Ellery, Silveroid 11J 1882 £300
W691 Waltham 1883-PSB, Gold 17J 1907 £400
W696 Waltham 1899-Vanguard, Gold 19J Hunter,1902 £650
W697 Waltham 1908-PSB, Gold 17J Half Hunter,1908 £420
W680 Waltham 1888-Royal for Fattorrini., Silver 15J 1891/2 £350
W687 Waltham 1908-PSB, Silver 17J 1919 £375
W694 Waltham 1908-Traveler, Silver 7J 1925/6 £240
W682 Illinois Model 6 Bunn, Silveroid 17J 1899 £550
W668 Elgin 455-15 B.W. Raymond Railroad, Nickel 19J 1921 £450
W596 Elgin 1-18 , Silver 11J 1873 £325
Swiss Pocket Watches
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
S805 Zenith, Gold 15J 1936/7 £370
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
S797 Russell (Revue), Gold 9J Hunter,c1935 £375
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
S690 Samuel "Acme Lever" (Büren), Silver 15J 1919 £275
S809 Büren, Silver 15J 1926 £275
S781 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 15J Half Hunter,c1910 £380
S709 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 16J 1925 £290
Chronograph, Centre Seconds, Dress & Fob Watches.
S808 Russell (W & M) Chronograph , Silver 15J Half Hunter,1880 £650
E740 LWC for Saqui & Lawrence Chronograph, Silver 7J 1901 £300
S796 J.W. Benson (Swiss) Fly Back Chronograph, Silver 15J c1898 £850
W676 Waltham 1894-220, Gold 15J 1918 £270
W387 Waltham 1894-220 , White Gold 15J 1920 £280
Discounted Old Watches - mainly re-cased.
W699 Waltham 1908-Traveler, Gold 7J Half Hunter,1913 £250
Brackley & Web Stock as @ 15:00 9th December.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.
W588 Waltham 1883-Sterling, Silveroid 7J 1901 £250
W660 Waltham 1888-28, Silver 15J 1896 £275
W700 Waltham 1899-Traveler, re-cased Gold 7J 1903 £225
W665 Waltham 1894-Royal, Gold 17J 1903 £375
W677 Keystone Howard Duracy, Silveroid 7J c1910 £275
W576 Seth Thomas model 8 , Gold 7J 1896 £375
E591 LWC, Gold 7J c1907 £270
E737 Errington for Pierce, Silver 9J 1903 £360
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
S793 Sammes (Hand Landeron), Silver 15J c 1895 £350
S682 DF&C Selezi (Revue), Silver 15J 1919 £305
S429 Limit (Revue) , Silver 7J 1919 £250
S706 Record, Silver 15J 1927 £275
S791 Thos Russell (Doxa), Gold 15J c1920 £250
S707 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 15J 1919 £265
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
And the trend continues, although I have managed to get a couple of very nice ones (both of which required a lot of work) good silver half hunters in particular are very hard to get with average auction prices up 50% or so in the last year or two.
Updated 21st October 2016
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 there in 13 days!).
Updated 25th November & 9th December 2016
Previous updates can be found on this blog page
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
Oxford Pocket Watches Blog.
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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