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I am a specialist UK based restorer and seller of old pocket watches and 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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Stock is dependent on what I am able to buy in for restoration but a selection of old American, English and Swiss pocket watches is usually available, albeit a lot fewer than I was able to source some years ago. 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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Warranty changes for sales to the EU due to BREXIT

For the moment, warranty on watches sent outside of UK will be limited to watches returned and received in UK before 29th March 2019 or bought back to UK at the buyers risk. This is due to possible import duties and VAT payable on returns. I will revise this when a deal is (or is not) agreed.

Warranty on watches already shipped are not affected, watches sold in the mean time will benefit from any future improvement.


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.

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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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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 well 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.

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May

Swiss Watches

  • S919. Bravingtons Renown (Revue) 16J Half Hunter, Rolled Gold, c1928.
  • S909. Unsigned Swiss, 15J Half Hunter, English Silver, 1925.
  • S920. Harris Stone (Unsigned Swiss), 17J Filled Gold, c1940.

    April

    American Watches

  • W790. Waltham 1899-Traveler, English Silver, 1900.

    Swiss Watches

  • S916. Tavannes 918, 17J Hunter, Filled Gold, 1925/6.
  • S917. SOLD (Unitas), 17J Half Hunter, 1950s.
  • S918. J.W. Benson (Tavannes), 15J, Filled Gold, 1938.

    March

    English

  • SOLD Lancashire Watch Co., 15J, 14K Filled Gold, 1895.
  • E842. Rotherham, 19J, English Silver, 1910.
  • E843. Rotherham, 19J, English Silver, 1910.
  • E845. Carnegie Hero Fund Presentation Hunter by Errington, English Silver, 1911.

    J.W. Benson

  • S912. J.W. Benson (Recta), 17J, English Silver 1938.
  • S913. J.W. Benson "Greenwich", (Tavannes), 15J, 1933.
  • SOLD J.W. Benson The "Keyless Ludgate" Watch, 13J Half Hunter, English Silver, 1902.

    American Watches

  • SOLD Waltham 1908-625, 17J Half Hunter, Rolled Gold, 1926.
  • W788. Waltham 1899-618, 15J, Sterling Silver, 1904.
  • W789. Waltham 1899-Cronometro Victoria, 15J Half Hunter, Rolled Gold, 1902.

    Fob & Ladies Watches

  • SOLD Waltham 1900-100, Size 0, Filled Gold, 1908.

    Swiss Watches

  • S915. Record "Dreadnought", 15J, English Silver, 1930.

    January

    English

  • E838. Rotherham 13J, English Silver, 1892.
  • SOLD Rotherham, 19J, English Silver, 1907.
  • SOLD Rotherham for Wright & Craighead, 19J, English Silver, 1906.

    Swiss

  • SOLD Zenith 15J Half Hunter, Sterling Silver, 1919.
  • S911. J.W. Benson (Recta), 17J, Filled Gold, 1930s.



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    STOCK LIST

    Due to the way I track stock on my Excel spread sheet from which this list is derived, the list may not include items on the web site but reserved and will not include 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.



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    Stock as @ 16:00 17th May


    English by: J.W. Benson, P & A Guye and Rotherham

    E814 Rotherham for Reid, Silver 19J 1916 £450
    E842 Rotherham, Silver 19J 1910 £420
    E843 Rotherham, Silver 19J 1910 £420

    Other English Keyless

    E845 Carnegie Hero Fund Presentation Hunter by Errington, Silver 15J Hunter,1911 £675
    E813 Errington For Quinn, Silver 9J 1903 £325
    E830 LWC for Kendal & Dent, Silver 11J 1900 £350
    E835 Ehrhardt, Silver 13J 1911 £340

    Verge Fusee, Fusee Lever & Key Set

    SOLD OUT

    American

    W791 Waltham 1892-PSB 2-Tone, Chrome 17J 1907 £385
    W753 Waltham 1883-Wm Ellery, Silver 11J Hunter,1889 £375
    W789 1899-Cronometro Victoria, Gold 15J Half Hunter,1902 £380
    W788 Waltham 1899-618, Silver 15J 1904 £300
    W777 Waltham 1908-620, Gold 15J 1917/8 £290
    W785 Waltham 1888-20, Gold 7J 1895 £290
    W784 Waltham 1899-Traveler, Gold 7J Hunter,1907 £300
    W790 Waltham 1899-Traveler, Silver 7J 1900 £290
    W747 Waltham 1908-1609 Premier., Silveroid 9J 1942/3 £280
    W775 Waltham 1899-610, Silveroid 9J 1907 £250
    W677 Keystone Howard Duracy, Silveroid 7J c1910 £260

    Swiss: J.W. Benson, IWC & Stauffer

    S911 J.W. Benson (Recta), Gold 17J 1930s £350
    S913 J.W. Benson Greenwich (Tavannes), Silver 15J 1933 £325
    S918 J.W. Benson (Tavannes), Gold 15J 1938 £300
    S912 J.W Benson (Recta), Silver 15J 1938 £300

    Swiss by Omega, Zenith & Longines

    S657 Omega., Nickel Silver 15J 1923 £330

    Swiss by Cyma & Tavannes

    S916 C.W.S (Tavannes 918 Lepine), Gold 17J Hunter,1925/6 £380
    S746 Cyma Admiral, Silver 21J 1926 £375
    S907 Cyma 998, Gold 15J Half Hunter,1929 £330
    S864 Tavannes, Silver 15J 1920 £290
    S624 Cyma, Silver 15J 1919 £260
    S632 Cyma, Nickel Silver 7J 1924/5 £225

    Swiss by Revue

    S878 Syren (Revue), Silver 15J 1919 £320
    S549 Gaydon & Sons (Vertex / Revue), Silver 15J 1924 £275
    S889 Revue, Nickel Silver 15J c1930 £260
    S877 Veracity by Masters of Rye (Revue), Nickel Silver 7J c1935 £250

    Swiss by Minerva, Büren & Record

    S879 Büren, Gold 15J Hunter,c1930 £370
    S835 Büren, Silver 15J 1925 £285
    S915 Record Dreadnought, Silver 15J 1930 £275

    Unsigned Swiss & Other

    SOLD OUT

    Fob watches & Dress Watches

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

    Marine Clocks

    MC2 Tempora (Smiths ), Brass 7J c1960 £360
    MC1 Sestrel (Elliott), Brass 7J c1955 £350
    MC4 Smith Astral Cal156 Centre Seconds, Base Metal 7J c1939 £330
    MC3 Marpro (Smiths Cal 31) 8 Day, Brass 15J c1965 £200



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    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

    Not much has changed!
    Updated 4th November 2018

    Previous updates can be found on this blog page



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    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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