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Keep an eye out here for watches currently undergoing restoration. A bit of a sneaky preview, and if there is something that catches your eye, let us know, and we can tailor the finish to your requirements with a choice of straps, if you'd prefer a case refurbishment or not etc.. Please bear in mind that these are preliminary, pre-restoration pictures of the actual watches which we use as a reference. The particulars of each watch have only been briefly outlined, and much fuller details will be given once the restoration has been completed, or if requested.

1907 Silver rimmed leather watch strap with very rare gunmetal centre second medical pocket watch; The very rare watch with centre second was ideal for medical use in taking the pulse, fitted into an equally rare survivor, a leather watch strap with silver mount, hallmarked Birmingham, make this a very rare combination indeed.

£495

9ct Yellow and White Gold presentation watch;

Hallmarked 1927 and presented to the outgoing President of the Royal Navy Writers Benevolent Association in 1929, this stunning watch is very stiking with its twin white gold bars and very slim and elegant size. It's stunning original dial with sun-ray pattern is wonderfully crisp, and the quality of the movement is of the very highest.

£1,295

Ladies 1931-3 Reverso De Luxe hand-wound wristwatch.

Manufactured by the joint efforts of Jaeger and LeCoultre, this very early and rare example houses a movement by Tavannes, as the larger manufacturers made nothing suitable until 1934. In stunning condition with raised baton blued steel hour markers, this is the De Luxe version, and is in stunning original condtion throughout. Measuring 32.7 x 15.9mm the case sits beautifully on the wrist, helped by a slightly curved case back.

Sold £2,995

c.1940 Tell gent’s chronograph wristwatch; chrome plated case with steel case-back, hand-wound Valjoux calibre 22 movement (as used by Rolex, Vacheron & Constantin and Breguet chronographs of the time, it was produced from 1914 to 1974 with many variants but little alteration to the base calibre, except in its reference number, later becoming the calibre 72). Outer Telemeter scale with inner Tachymeter.

£1,295

c.1950 Rodana gent’s chronograph wristwatch; chrome plated case with steel, screw-in “Waterproof” case-back, hand-wound Venus calibre 175 movement with shock resistant balance. Outer Tachymeter scale to dial.

£895

 

c.1950’s Ardath gent’s chronograph wristwatch; gold plated case, hand-wound movement with outer Tachymeter scale to dial.

£595

 

c.1943 Longines Weems second-setting pilot’s wristwatch; hand-wound movement, outer rotating bezel with lock. Fitted to period ladder/ Bonklip style bracelet.

£1,995

 

c.1950 Roamer Calendar gent’s wristwatch; chrome plated case, hand-wound movement with day and pointer-date. Original dial in excellent condition.


£395

 

c.1955 Cyma “Cymaflex” ladies wristwatch; Hand-wound movement, steel contemporary bracelet.

£295

1914 Silver Omega pocket watch; Hallmarked London Import, hand-wound movement.

£295

c.1899 Silver Omega pocket watch; Swiss Hallmark 0.935 silver, hand-wound movement.

Sold   £295

c.1940 “Tank” shaped nickel cased gent’s wristwatch; hand-wound movement, original strap with deployment clasp in excellent usable condition, interior engraving “From Jim, Helen and Mary to Garry – 19/6/42”.

£295

c.1965-70 Vostok USSR divers watch; hand-wound movement, oversized screw-down crown.

 

Sold    £195

1920’s Car clock retailed by North & Sons Ltd. of Watford & London; As used in Rolls-Royce models of the time, needing a little love and attention prior to sale.

£345

1910’/20’s/30’s Doxa 8-day Car clock; as used by some of the most famous car manufacturers of the time including Bugatti, this clock retains some car paint on the winding crown, presumably where the dash was touched up from wear.

£245

 

1910’/20’s/30’s Octava 8-day Car/ desk/ bedside clock; as used by some of the most famous car manufacturers of the time, the dial marked “France” beneath “6”, presumably a French car or retailer? Luminous numerals and hands.

£225

1910’/20’s/30’s Doxa 8-day Car/ desk/ bedroom clock; as used by some of the most famous car manufacturers of the time like Bugatti, this clock is signed “Mappin”, as many “Mappin & Webb”, watches seem to have been. Patent 33236 - 8 day Doxa movement, patent granted 15/11/1905. Luminous hands and numerals.

£225

1910’/20’s/30’s Mappin & Webb 8-day Car/ desk/ bedroom clock; this clock is signed “Mappin & Webb” to the dial, and has an unusual Greek frieze styled bezel with fine bead edge grip.  Luminous hands and numerals.

£225

1920’s “Stayte”  8-day desk/ bedroom clock; this clock has an engraving to the brass case-back; ”Presented to Dr Jean Benzie, by the members of Fraserburgh Baptist Church, October 1925”. Luminous hands and numerals. The 8-day movement patent 7032, by Amedee Pere Douard, patent granted 15/02/1894. Fraserburgh Baptist Church in Aberdeenshire is still in operation, and is situated only a short distance back from the harbour in the town, located on the eastern coast of Scotland.

£195

1910’/20’s/30’s Doxa 8-day Car/ desk/ bedroom clock; as used by some of the most famous car manufacturers of the time like Bugatti, this clock is faintly signed “The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co.  -112 Regent Street” on the dial, the company was the predecessor to Garrards. Patent 33236 - 8 day Doxa movement, patent granted 15/11/1905. Luminous hands and numerals.

£225

1940’s/ 50’s Smiths car clock; I’ve seen these in Austin’s, Mg’s, Healey’s, Riley’s, and all sorts besides, a great original to be added to the dash of your Classic.

£125

1917 Silver Half-hunter trench watch; Hallmarked Birmingham Import, hand-wound movement, all original and in excellent condition.

£645

c.1914-18 Silver gent’s trench watch; Hallmarked Edinburgh Import, date obscured, hand-wound movement, rare octagonal bezel.

£445

1914 Silver Trench watch; Hallmarked Birmingham, early “waterproof” case manufactured by Dennison with screw-in back and bezel and patent pendant fitting, serial number 224119. Interior engraving “June 19th 1915”, with monogram “HL” to exterior case-back.  Movement by Tavannes, with Breguet overcoil to hairspring. The first item on the kit list for Officer’s heading to France.


£1,295

1914 Silver Trench watch; Hallmarked Glasgow Import; An unusual example where the dial has been drilled at each hour with a second drilled holed under 12 to add luminous material. Retailed by R.L. Christie of Edinburgh, the case has also been brush finished to reduce reflection.

£495

1914/15 “The Army Wristwatch Protector” size “3”; Nickel wristwatch protector/ shrapnel guard, to turn any standard wristwatch into a hunter style. Sprung lid, it can be fitted to almost any trench style wristwatch, this size is for the larger watches. Patent applied for in 1914, granted 1915.

£195

c.1914-18 wrist watch shrapnel guard; In the event of being hit by shrapnel your watch, at least, would be protected, even though you may have lost more serious assets. It was mainly to prevent the inevitable bumps and knocks of trench life breaking the delicate watch glass, but obviously shrapnel guard sounds more robust and dramatic.

Sold    £95

1915 Silver Trench watch; Hallmarked Glasgow Import, hinged strap wires.

£395

c.1919 Zenith Nickel trench watch; Nickel case with screw fit bezel and back.

£395

1918 Silver trench watch; Hallmarked London Import, early waterproof case, patent number 71602, screw-fit back and bezel, patented Switzerland 16/06/1916. Luminous hands and numerals. At some point in the distant past the slim strap wires have been replaced with much heftier fittings, but still in silver.

£395

1911 “Coventry Astral” Silver wristwatch; Hallmarked London Import, early hinged strap wires.

£345

.1914-18 Nickel trench watch; early attempt at waterproof case design.

£325

c.1914-18 Nickel trench watch; early attempt at waterproof case design, original luminous numerals and hands.

£295

c.1942-45 Hamilton US Army issue wristwatch; Ordnance Department issue, deteriorated and discoloured dial with original canvas strap.

£195

Sterling silver gents wristwatch. Hallmarked Glasgow (import) 1930. Unbranded but containing a high quality Swiss Movement. Silver dial with "chequered flag" engine turned pattern. The ideal watch to be worn by any enthusiast of this era, particularly a motoring enthusiast, Goodwood revival visitor, or perfect for the owner of a classic car from this amazing age of Brooklands, Goodwood, the Bentley Boys and all the glamour that went with it.

£395

Unicorn nickel/ chrome plated gents wristwatch; c.1930. Unicorn were a sister-brand of Rolex. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf they were one of his other brands to use the innovation and design potential of Rolex, but kept costs, and therefore end prices, down by using movements made by other companies. All of these sister-brands were eventually merged into Tudor in 1946. This example dates to around 1930 and sits beautifully on the wrist.

£295

Titus Nickel/ Chrome plated gents duo-dial “Doctor’s” watch; c.1935. Unusual, and known as a doctor’s watch as it was found to be easier to use for measuring pulse rates due to the clear separate seconds dial. The case back was engraved, which has unfortunately worn away and the base metal is fairly damaged, but from the front it’s absolutely stunning.

£295

Buren Sterling silver pocket watch/ desk clock; Hallmarked London (import) 1927, makers/ sponsor’s mark of W.H.S. William Henry Sparrow who worked in Birmingham. Patent ref 85901 on the case. Hinged outer rim opens to support the watch as clock. High quality movement by Buren and in excellent condition throughout.

Sold £345

IWC sterling silver hunter gents pocket watch; Hallmarked London (import) 1916. This exceptionally solid hunter pocket watch is in beautiful original condition. The dial is clean and crack free, the movement, which is of the highest quality, is clearly stamped under the dial with the IWC mark, and again under the balance, and retains it's stopwork, a part which is often broken and, as non-essential, seldom replaced. The case is in excellent condition too, with only light surface scratches and the occasional sign of its 101 years. 

Sold £1,995

Autorist gents Automatic gents wristwatch; c.1931. Invented by John Harwood, the inventor of the first automatic wristwatch, these were an alternative design for use in rectangular or "tank" watches. They were only made for a very short period in the early thirties as the method of winding the watch was found to be less effective than the rotor type, and as such these watches are exceptionally rare. We have been fortunate enough to find this example of this interesting development in early wristwatch design, and are amazed it retains its original and very rare slim crown. The crwow was only used to set the time on this watch, all winding was to be done by the expansion and contraction of the wrist through movement. This expansion acted on the lower strap bar which is sprung and attached to a lever which ratchets the winding wheel round. Ingenious design and beautifully constructed, although not the most efficient, a must have for any serious collector in the field of wristwatch development. 

£2,495

Omega Genève Dynamic automatic gents wristwatch; c.1969. This automatic example, containing Omega's renowned calibre 565, is one of the most striking of Omega's designs. Its blue "bull's-eye" dial really sets the watch off, and makes it very easy to wear with a suit or jeans. The design was originally released in 1967, and you can see the influence the decade had on the Omega designers. It is also exceptionally comfortable to wear, and was designed to sit between the bones of the wrist.

Sold     £745

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