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11th December 2017 
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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.

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.
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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.

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The Brackley Antiques Cellar, Northamptonshire

    Cabinet 59A
    The Brackley Antiques Cellar
    Drayman’s Walk
    Brackley
    Northamptonshire
    NN13 6BE Map

www.brackleyantiquecellar.co.uk

"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 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.

In less than 5 years from setting up the web site I sold over a 1,000 vintage and antique pocket watches. Having been caught out twice early on reselling watches bought in from apparently reputable eBay dealers as fully service & restored - that had not been, so 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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December

J.W. Benson Pocket Watches

  • E808. J.W. Benson Fusee Lever, Key Set. English Silver, 1880.

    Swiss Pocket Watches

  • S851. LB&F (Omega) "Labrador", 15J, Filled Gold, 1895.

    November

    American Pocket Watches

  • SOLD Elgin 571-20 "B.W. Raymond" 21J S16 Railroad Watch, Filled Gold, 1950.
  • SOLD Waltham 1908-1609, Nuclear Sub Watch, 9J, Base Metal, 1942/6?
  • W734. Waltham 1899-Traveler 7J Hunter, Filled Gold, 1905.
  • W735. Waltham 1888-20 2Tone, 11J, 14K Filled Gold, 1897.
  • SOLD Waltham 1899-Royal, 17J, English Silver, 1902.
  • W737. Waltham 1908-620, 15J, Filled Gold, 1908.
  • W738. Waltham 1908-Marquis, 15J, English Silver, 1912.
  • W739. Waltham 1908-Marquis, 15J, English Silver, 1913.

    Pocket Watches by J.W. Benson

  • S849 J.W. Benson (Revue) 15J c1930.

    English Pocket Watches

  • E806. Rotherham for Bishop, 19J, English Silver, 1900.
  • E807. Rotherham, 19J, English Silver, 1906.

    October

    English Watches

  • SOLD Rotherham 20J, English Silver, 1903.

    Pocket Watches by J.W. Benson

  • S843. J.W. Benson "City", 15J Half Hunter, English Silver, 1933.
  • SOLD J.W. Benson The "Ludgate" Watch (Key Set), 13J, English Silver, 1893.
  • SOLD J.W. Benson Keyless Ludgate, 13J, English Silver, 1893.

    American Pocket Watches

  • SOLD Waltham 1899-Riverside, 19J, Rolled Gold, 1919.
  • SOLD Waltham 1899-Traveler for Fattorini, English Silver, 1904.
  • SOLD Waltham 1892-Vanguard 21J Railroad Watch, Base Metal, 1901.
  • SOLD Waltham 1899-A.W.Co Bridge, 23J, Filled Gold, 1900.

    Swiss Pocket Watches

  • S845. Unsigned Swiss Lepine, 17J Half Hunter, Sterling Silver, 1918.
  • S847. Büren 15J half hunter, English SIlver, 1926.

    Marine Bulkhead Clocks

  • MC2. Tempora (Smiths) 8 day Marine Clock.
  • MC3. Marpro (Smiths Cal 51) 15J 8 Day Marine Clock.
  • MC4. Smith "Astral" 8 Day Centre Seconds Marine Clock.

    Discounted & re-cased watches

  • S848. Zenith 15J Hunter, Filled Gold, 1921.


  • STOCK LIST

    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 8th December.

    English Pocket Watches

    E806 Rotherham for Bishop, Silver 19J 1900 £390
    E807 Rotherham, Silver 19J 1906 £425
    E750 Roskell (Coventry made), Silver 13J 1895 £370

    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

    S838 J.W. Benson (Longines), Silver 15J 1904 £380
    S839 J.W. Benson "Greenwich Watch" (Tavannes), Silver 15J 1938 £370
    S798 J.W. Benson "City Watch" (Tavannes), Silver 15J 1937 £355
    S849 J.W. Benson (Revue), Silver 15J c1930 £300

    American Pocket Watches

    W717 Waltham 1892-PSB 2-Tone, Chrome 17J 1907 £420
    W739 Waltham 1908-Marquis, Silver 17J 1913 £330
    W737 Waltham 1908-620, Gold 15J 1908 £325
    W738 Waltham 1908-Marquis, Silver 15J 1912 £320
    W735 Waltham 1888-20 Two tone, Gold 11J 1897 £320
    W705 Waltham 1899-620 , Gold 15J 1902 £315
    W734 Waltham 1899-Traveler, Gold 7J Hunter,1905 £315
    W723 Keystone Howard Series 5, Gold 19J 1915 £500
    W677 Keystone Howard Duracy, Silveroid 7J c1910 £275

    Swiss Pocket Watches

    S829 Stauffer (Revue), Nickel 15J c1930 £280
    S841 Omega Labrador, Silver 15J 1902/3 £380
    S816 Omega, Silver 15J 1906 £355
    S746 Cyma Admiral, Silver 21J 1926 £375
    S624 Cyma, Silver 15J 1919 £260
    S703 Limit (Revue) , Silver 15J 1919 £280
    S682 DF&C Selezi (Revue), Silver 15J 1919 £305
    S549 Gaydon & Sons (Vertex / Revue), Silver 15J 1924 £290
    S712 Limit No2 (Revue), Silver 15J 1937 £250
    S847 Büren, Silver 15J Half Hunter,1926 £425
    S835 Büren, Silver 15J 1925 £285
    S781 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 15J Half Hunter,c1910 £380

    Dress & Fob Watches.

    W676 Waltham 1894-220, Gold 15J 1918 £270
    W387 Waltham 1894-220 , White Gold 15J 1920 £280

    Discounted Old Watches - mainly re-cased. Some may be listed under Brackley.

    W687 Waltham 1908-PSB, Silver 17J 1919 £325
    S848 Zenith, Gold 15J Hunter,1921 £270


    Brackley & Web Stock as @ 10:00 7th 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.

    W718 Waltham 1899-620, Gold 15J 1904 £315
    W694 Waltham 1908-Traveler, Silver 7J 1925/6 £240
    W706 Waltham 1908-Traveler, Base Metal 7J 1927 £250
    E743 Vine & Thompson Fob Watch, Silver 11J Half Hunter,1891 £475
    E737 Errington for Pierce, Silver 9J 1903 £350
    S657 Omega., Nickel Silver 15J 1923 £330
    S840 J.W. Benson "City Watch" (Tavannes), Silver 15J 1938 £355
    S692 Tavannes, Gold 15J c1913 £285
    S632 Cyma, Nickel Silver 7J 1924/5 £225
    S659 Cyma 999, Silver 15J 1929 £265
    S793 Sammes (Hand Landeron), Silver 15J c 1895 £350
    S705 Revue, Gold 15J c1930 £305
    S711 Limit (Revue), Silver 19J 1929 £340
    S707 Unsigned Swiss, Silver 15J 1919 £265

    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

    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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