Antique & Vintage Pocket Watches & Marine Clocks
Restored and Guaranteed
Restored and Guaranteed
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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CLOSING DOWN SALE
After more than 10 years and c 1,300 watches I am retiring for the second and final time.
This site will close on the 21st February 2020 or as soon most of the watches are sold.
Rather than for 12 months watches and clocks are now guaranteed for three months or until the 21st February which ever is later.
To help move stock, most watches and clocks have been discounted, please see revised pricing.
A few watches from my queue may be added during the period and I am still looking for quality watches from Benson, Waltham etc. Any released will be posted on Facebook and Twitter as they are put on the site.
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.
For the moment, warranty on watches sent outside of UK will be limited to watches returned and received in UK before Brexit 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.
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.
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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.
Recently Added / Available Soon
This section shows watches added over the last few months including those in final test and not yet available for shipment and which are not included in the stock list below.
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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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 Available soon.
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.
Available Stock as @ 09:00 14th October
English by: J.W. Benson, P & A Guye and Rotherham
Other English Keyless
E835 Ehrhardt, Silver 13J 1911 £325
Verge Fusee, Fusee Lever & Key Set
W753 Waltham 1883-Wm Ellery, Silver 11J Hunter,1889 £350
W794 Waltham 1908-620, Gold 15J 1908 £290
W784 Waltham 1899-Traveler, Gold 7J Hunter,1907 £285
W777 Waltham 1908-620, Gold 15J 1917/8 £290
W747 Waltham 1908-1609 Premier., Silveroid 9J 1942/3 £275
W785 Waltham 1888-20, Gold 7J 1895 £275
W788 Waltham 1899-618, Silver 15J 1904 £270
W775 Waltham 1899-610, Silveroid 9J 1907 £230
W677 Keystone Howard Duracy, Silveroid 7J c1910 £260
W676 Waltham 1894-220, Gold 15J 1918 £240
Swiss: J.W. Benson, IWC & Stauffer
S918 J.W. Benson (Tavannes), Gold 15J 1938 £300
Swiss by Omega, Zenith & Longines
S657 Omega., Nickel Silver 15J 1923 £320
Swiss by Cyma & Tavannes
S746 Cyma Admiral, Silver 21J 1926 £375
S923 Cyma, Silver 15J 1926 £270
S864 Tavannes, Silver 15J 1920 £270
S624 Cyma, Silver 15J 1919 £250
Swiss by Revue
S878 Syren (Revue), Silver 15J 1919 £300
S549 Gaydon & Sons (Vertex / Revue), Silver 15J 1924 £250
S889 Revue, Nickel Silver 15J c1930 £240
S877 Veracity by Masters of Rye (Revue), Nickel Silver 7J c1935 £230
Swiss by Minerva, Büren & Record
S879 Büren, Gold 15J Hunter,c1930 £345
S835 Büren, Silver 15J 1925 £285
Unsigned Swiss & Other
S920 Harris Stone, Gold 17J c1940 £325
Fob watches & Dress Watches
MC1 Sestrel (Elliott), Brass 7J c1955 £290
MC4 Smith Astral Cal156 Centre Seconds, Base Metal 7J c1939 £280
MC3 Marpro (Smiths Cal 31) 8 Day, Brass 15J c1965 £200
E849 J.W. Benson "The Field Watch" movement, 13J c1903 £70
E850 J.W. Benson Keyless Ludgate movement, 13J c1895 £50
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!).
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.
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.
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.
Even fewer high end watches about over the last couple of months!
The availability of top quality watches can be described in one word - dire.
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. :(
Not much has changed!
Previous updates can be found on this blog page
Some Hopefully Useful Links
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
Silver & Gold Watch Case repairsNot cheap but the few repairs I have had done have been excellent:
Adam Phillips - Gold & Silver Smith - The "Watch Case Works"
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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