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.
December Shut Down
I am closed until 27th December.
E-Mails will be answered but response times may be a bit longer.
Sales at Brackley will continue as normal
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The Royal Mail have withdrawn a key mailing option, please see International shipping options below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
- Cabinet 59A
The Brackley Antiques Cellar
NN13 6BE Map
"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 £14 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.Over the last couple of months and particularly since the end of the school holidays there has been a noticeable increase in the number of watches available - but alas no corresponding reduction in prices! In particular there have been a large number of English watches including chronographs, most have been 7 jewel models but of good to very good quality.
Walthams however remain in short supply, particularly the 15 jewel 1899-620 and 1908-620 both of which have for a long time been a best seller (the majority of the large batch of Walthams finished in September and October were acquired over an extended period and just reflects me clearing out my entire backlog of these watches).
Updated 1st October 2015
Unfortunately the better supply of watches noted above petered out in mid October and for the month as a whole I purchased fewer restorable watches than I sold. Eight days into November I have so far sold 3 times as many watches than I have been able to buy, hopefully this year we will see again the rush of watches onto the market that I was seeing 2 or 3 years ago.
Updated 8th November 2015
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.
OctoberA lot of watches are being completed at the moment helped by batching up similar movements chosen for likely ease of restoration (alas not always working out that way!), long days and some help with cleaning cases but I do not expect the rush to continue much longer as I will shortly have to go back to the old ways of working.
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 and is liable to error but I am going to try and provide snapshots at regular intervals.
Individual listings will continue to be updated as soon as I am aware that an item has sold or when it is reserved pending payment. Unfortunately it is not practical to manually build direct links to each entry 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.
Brackley: with the number of display cabinets and stands at the antiques centre, 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.
Due to the way I track stock on my Excel spread sheet from which this list is derived, the list will not include items on the web site but reserved nor those still in final test and not available for shipment, however these are shown above under New Stock.
Gold refers to Rolled, Filled and, rarely, solid Gold. Silver refers to English Sterling Silver and imported Silver of various grades with or without English hallmarks - see listing for details.
Stock at Brackley is also available on-line but is listed separately.
Web Stock as @ 15:00 24th NovemberW525 Waltham 1908-620, Gold 15J 1915 £320
W519 Waltham 1899-620, Gold 15J 1899 £320
W531 Waltham 1908-620 , Silver 15J 1924 £320
W449 Waltham 1899-620, Gold 15J 1900 £300
W486 Waltham 1899-620, Gold 15J 1907 £320
W387 Waltham 1894-220 , White Gold 15J 1920 £300
E590 Guye for Alldis, Silver 13J 1889 £525
E636 LWC for Russell, Gold 7J 1911 £320
E613 LWC for H.Samual Chronograph , Silver 7J 1895 £400
E619 LWC Chronograph, Silver 15J 1896 £425
E623 Graves "Express English Lever" (LWC), Silver 7J 1898 £250
S657 Omega., Nickel Silver 15J 1923 £375
S651 John Elkan "Colonial" (Revue), Silver 15J 1928 £330
S645 Revue, Gold 16J Hunter,c1925 £350
S637 Limit (Revue), Silver 15J 1917 £310
S581 Limit (Revue) , Gold 15J c1930 £300
S549 Gaydon & Sons (Vertex / Revue), Silver 15J 1924 £300
S631 Tavannes., Silver 18J 1919/20 £320
S656 Tavannes, Gold 15J Hunter,1921 £
S624 Cyma, Silver 15J 1919 £270
Brackley & Web Stock as @ 14:00 21st November.W507 Waltham 1908-620, Gold Hunter,1919 £350
W411 Waltham 1899-620, Gold 1907/8 £280
W502 Waltham 1908-620, Gold 1919 £310
W532 Waltham 1908-Traveler, Silver 1912 £265
W527 Waltham 1888-28, 1899 £320
E627 Mummery (LWC) Centre seconds, Silver 1896 £325
E601 C.G. Child (Williamson 1905), Gold 1907/8 £300
E591 LWC, Gold c1907 £270
S536 J.W. Benson (Revue), Gold c1924 £300
S572 Syren (Revue) , Gold c1926 £310
S632 Cyma, 1924/5 £225
S520 Unsigned Swiss, Gold c 1930 £250
S477 Pilot Masonic case , Silver 1928 £300
S429 Limit (Revue) , Silver 1919 £250
S635 Buser Freres & Cie , Gold 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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