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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.