Latest News Articles by Roland Arkell

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Omega Seamaster with diving history consigned to Woolley & Wallis

02 November 2020

This Omega Seamaster 300, c.1967, has been consigned for sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on November 17-18 by a career member of the Royal Engineers.

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Zenith chronometer with elegant and award-winning movement makes over 30-times estimate in Exeter

02 November 2020

This Zenith chronometer dating from c.1954 is powered by a calibre 135 movement which is widely considered to be the most elegant manual wind movement ever made.

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Condition counts for sugar box

02 November 2020

In family ownership for several generations, this 27oz Charles II sugar box was described by Nottingham auction house Mellors & Kirk (24% buyer’s premium) as “in an exceptional state of preservation, with hardly any sign of wear and no damage or repair worthy of note”.

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Example of first Heuer skipper model sells at Fellows

02 November 2020

The Skipper Carrera Ref 7753/54, nicknamed the Skiperrera, was the first of the Heuer skipper models and a trophy lot in the collecting sphere.

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Pick of the week: Manuscript at Roseberys reveals a little-studied era

02 November 2020

As referenced in an inscription to the opening folio, this early 19th century manuscript – offered at Roseberys in south London – was produced for the Nawab of Sachin, Ibrahim Muhammed Yakut Khan I Bahadur (r.1802-53).

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Extraordinary hidden statuary brings demand out in the open at Summers Place

02 November 2020

An extraordinary group of garden statuary, unseen for decades, was offered for sale recently at Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in Billingshurst, West Sussex.

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Two bears show sale bite

02 November 2020

The October 9-10 sale at Kingham & Orme (25% buyer’s premium) in Evesham included this rare pot lid inscribed Genuine Bears Grease.

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Award for ‘oldest rowing race’ brings strong bidding at Gloucestershire sale

02 November 2020

This large silver arm badge was awarded to a late 19th century winner of Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race – the oldest rowing race in the world, held from London Bridge to Cadogan Pier since 1715.

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‘Pussy Galore’ Rolex watch bought in Singapore brings demand in Wiltshire

02 November 2020

The Rolex GMT-Master Ref 6542 is known to collectors as the ‘Pussy Galore’ as it was worn by Honor Blackman in Goldfinger. Made from 1954-59, it was replaced by the more commonly encountered GMT-Master Ref 1675.

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Last 007 Submariner emerges at Tennants

02 November 2020

The Submariner 5508 released in 1958 was the last of the so-called ‘James Bond’ Submariners.

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Fergusson is new head of watches at Lyon & Turnbull

02 November 2020

Formerly of McTear’s, Sarah Fergusson has become the new head of watches at Lyon & Turnbull.

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Rolex Dato Compax 'Olympian tribute' watch offered in November sale

02 November 2020

Dorotheum’s auction of wrist and pocket watches in Vienna on November 27 includes this Rolex Dato Compax ref 4768.

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Auction previews: issue 2466

02 November 2020

A selection of 16 upcoming lots from auctions taking place around the UK and Ireland.

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Watches: vintage era parts bring forward demand for timepieces

02 November 2020

Watch parts such as replacement dials, cases and hands from well-known models can add up to a lot of interest at auction, as recent results show.

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Elvis Presley’s 18ct Corum Buckingham watch to be offered at Sworders this month

02 November 2020

A watch worn many times by the king of rock and roll at the peak of his career comes for sale at Sworders this month.

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Rare TR-900 survivors dive into Massachusetts auction

02 November 2020

The latest online sale of Clocks, Watches, & Scientific Instruments held by Skinner (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Marlborough, Massachusetts included two of perhaps only 50 surviving Tornek-Rayville TR-900 stainless steel dive watches.

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Clock grandeur: a case in point

02 November 2020

Not all early 18th century oak clocks were restricted to a simple style. There were provincial customers who requested more grandeur and country casemakers who could accommodate such requests.

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Movado Calendograf: Warhol was a fan

02 November 2020

This Movado model 14776 triple calendar watch is best known as the Calendograf.

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Portrait miniature, Lalique jewellery and Chelsea dish – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes

30 October 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare portrait miniature of an Australian governor and a Lalique jewellery suite formerly belonging to a ‘scandalous’ Edwardian socialite.

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Pick of the week: Toso’s ‘Monsieur and Madame Satan’

26 October 2020

Relatively little is known about the 19th century woodcarver Francesco Toso, who was born in Murano, Venice, to a family of glass makers.