27th March 2015 

Antique & Vintage Pocket Watches

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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.

No Shipping till April
To avoid exceeding the VAT registration threshold I am unable to accept payment for web sales for the rest of the financial year.

During this period I can accept orders and will reserve stock without charge until the 8th April, invoices will be sent out by email on the 5th or 6th April (Easter weekend) and shipments made that week.

Sales from Brackley will be unaffected but can only be done in person.

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 Company. 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.
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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 up to 20% 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 Postings

News 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.

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Selected Pocket Watches are on display at


The Brackley Antiques Cellar, Northamptonshire

    Cabinet 59A
    The Brackley Antiques Cellar
    Drayman’s Walk
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"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 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 £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 Update.

The availability of antique and vintage pocket watches remains very difficult with most sources very short of stock. Prices on eBay are very volatile generally driven by inexperienced buyers (judging from their bidding history) pushing some prices to very extravagant levels.

From a quick count I estimate that despite bidding, and paying, significantly more my purchases of watches and chains from on-line auctions in December and January was down over 60% on a year ago with most of that decline in December, January always being a bit down. Hopefully things will improve!
Updated 1st February 2015

Availability of watches on eBay has improved somewhat during the month although prices remain volatile. I have been able to source some nice English watches but strangely they were all by Rotherham, Benson and Guye, normally the scarcer makes, whereas I have none of the normally more common watches by Errington, LWC or Ehrhardt.

The shortage of watches on eBay in the previous 3 or 4 months was reflected in the big quarterly auction held this month. In November I purchased 15 and could probably have had a few more if I had wanted more in solid gold. In this months I only wanted to bid for a dozen and got three and one of those is a non-runner. Prices which had remained "sensible" in November compared to eBay were all over the place but generally high with some watches fetching well over double the high estimate and two of the watches I purchased were over the high estimate.

The enforced shutdown in selling during February and March should allow me at least to improve stock levels of Swiss and American watches as I move onto "summer" working hours.
Updated 25th February 2015

The upturn in availability in February was short lived, whilst I have been able to source some very nice high end watches there have been very few in the mid range.
Updated 27th March 2015

Lists of watches added in the current and previous month are shown below under New Stock.

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 I have a couple of requests not yet fulfilled that go back well over a year.

On the other hand many of my quality keyless watches such as those by Rotherham and Benson sell within hours to people who are on my wish list and who are therefore alerted when potentially suitable watches go onto the site.

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What I do & don't do

I 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.

Recently Added.


English Watches

  • E561. Rotherham, 19J, English Silver, 1902/3.
  • E566. Coventry made, Small Half Hunter, 11J, English Silver, 1891.
  • E568. G.E. Frodsham, 9J, English Silver, 1888.

    J.W. Benson

  • S511. J.W. Benson (Tavannes), 15J, Rolled Gold, 1935.
  • S514. J.W. Benson (Tavannes), 15J, English Silver, 1939.
  • E564. J.W. Benson "The BANK", 11J, English Silver, 1918.
  • S512. J.W. Benson (Longines), 15J, Half Hunter, Swiss Silver, 1904/5.
  • S517. J.W. Benson (Revue), 15J, Sterling Silver, 1916.

    American Waltham

  • W475. Waltham 1908-641, Preston Senior, 17J, Rolled Gold, 1918/19.
  • W479. Waltham 1899-Traveler, 11J, Half Hunter, Filled Gold, 1899.
  • W480. Waltham 1899-620, 15J, Filled Gold, 1906/7.
  • W429. Waltham 1899 Riverside Maximus, 23J, Filled Gold, 1902.

    Swiss Watches

  • S503. Vertex 17J Hunter, 9K Gold, 1919.
  • S506. Louis Brandt and Frère (Omega) Labrador, 15J, 1895/6.
  • S510. Zenith, 15J, Hunter, Filled Gold, c1905.
  • S505. Tavannes, 15J, English Silver, 1934.
  • S492. Fattorini "Kensington" (Revue), 15J, Sterling Silver, 1931.
  • S513. Louis Brandt and Frère / Omega, 15J, Swiss Silver, 1902.
  • S516. Unsigned Swiss, 15J, Half Hunter, English Silver, 1927.



  • E540. Errington for Frazier, 9J, English Silver 1903.
  • E553. Rotherham for Spiridion, 19J, English Silver, 1892.
  • E554. Rotherham for Brownlee, 19J, English Silver, 1892.
  • E555. Rotherham for Price, 13J, English Silver, 1890.
  • E556. Rotherham, 19J, Half-Hunter, 14J Filled Gold, c1904.
  • E557. P & A Guye for Maggs, 9J, English Silver, 1891.
  • E558. J.W. Benson "THE BANK", 9J, English Silver, 1893.
  • E560. Rotherham, S12 19J, English Silver, 1925.


  • W464. South Bend 2-217, 17J, Filled Gold, 1912.
  • W466. Waltham 1908-645, 21J, Railroad watch, Filled Gold, 1915.
  • W468. Waltham 1892-Vanguard, Railroad Watch, 21J, Oresilver, 1902/3.
  • W467. Waltham 1899-Vanguard, 23J, Filled Gold, 1907/8.
  • W474. Waltham 1899-174, 11J, English Silver, 1902.


  • S490. Russell (Tavannes), 16J, Rolled Gold, c1922.
  • S493. Kay & Co (Revue), 15J, Half Hunter, Rolled Gold, c1935.
  • S494. Tavannes 918, 15J, Half Hunter. Rolled Gold, 1930/31.

  • 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."