Watches & Watch accessories

For many years, to be a watch collector was to collect pocket watches from the 16th to the early 20th centuries. Today it is more likely to signal an interest in 20th and 21st century wristwatches by well-known brands or specialist makers. Search this category for everything from the finest Swiss gold and enamel chronometers to the battle-worn Rolex of an RAF pilot.


Abraham-Louis Breguet watch

Rare Breguet watch nets £2.4m

20 May 2016

A watch by Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) became the second most expensive piece by the Swiss maker when it sold to a private Swiss museum for triple-estimate SFr3.25m (£2.35m) including premium at Christie’s Geneva.

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James I watch makes £850,000 at Sotheby’s

31 December 2015

The market for traditional antiques ended 2015 on a high with a series of spectacular individual prices posted in London and New York in mid-December.

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£165,000 record for Great Escape Rolex

09 December 2015

A 1940s Rolex wristwatch whose RAF owner was murdered by the SS after the Great Escape has sold for £165,000 in Buckinghamshire.

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Harrison medal for horologist Taylor

07 December 2015

Dr John C Taylor, the horologist, inventor and clockmaker, has been given the Harrison Medal by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers for his services to horology.

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Police hunt for thieves after Regent’s Park watch heist

11 November 2015

Police are appealing for help from the antiques trade to trace two men captured on CCTV at the scene of a watches burglary in London.

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Dealers bring Scott’s ‘Golden Age’ clocks back to market

24 April 2015

What is billed as “the best collection of English clocks that has come to the market in living memory” will go on sale later this year at Winchester dealers Carter Marsh.

Why the Apple Watch is timely for antiques trade

23 April 2015

COMMENT – Dealer Jamie Sinai believes modern functionality will eventually lead to a celebration of creativity and individual flair

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Reward offered after London watch heist

20 April 2015

A significant reward is being offered for the recovery of 125 watches stolen from an antiques store in north London.

Art Loss Register launch stolen watch database

15 April 2015

The Art Loss Register has launched a database dedicated to stolen watches, one they say can help anyone buying, selling or providing loans against second-hand wristwatches.

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£1.56m purchase saves the Minton archive for Stoke

15 April 2015

After lengthy and complex negotiations, the paper archive of the Staffordshire pottery firm of Minton’s has been saved for the nation.

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New high for timepiece at auction

18 November 2014

Sotheby’s Geneva managed to grab the headlines when the Henry Graves Supercomplication set a record for a timepiece at auction.

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Theft of London pocket watch collection

26 August 2014

Details have emerged of a theft of a significant collection of British pocket watches from a property in London earlier this year.

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James Bond’s watch – from car boot to auction

28 May 2013

It has to go down as one of the great car boot fair finds of all time. On June 26, Christie’s South Kensington will offer for sale this Breitling Top Time wristwatch, worn by Sean Connery in ‘Thunderball’.

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Rolex watch stirs wartime memories and sells at £24,000

07 May 2013

Fellows’ latest quarterly Vintage & Modern Wristwatch auction included a rare 1940s Rolex Oyster, the so-called ‘monobloc’ chronograph.

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Edward Prior watch: a perfectly preserved Ottoman treasure

21 March 2013

Edward Prior specialised in producing watches for the Ottoman market and an example in exceptional condition recently appeared at a sale held at the Canterbury Auction Galleries.

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The added value of celebrity

18 January 2013

The names Cartier and Paul Hubner of Augsburg guaranteed the quality of a lapel watch and parcel gilt cup, but their values were enhanced by the names of early 20th century celebrities when they were offered at a recent sale held by Sworders at Stansted Mountfitchet.

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$6m Breguet breaks its own auction record

02 January 2013

This elaborately cased Breguet quarter-striking clock mounted with a half quarter striking gold watch has beaten its own record as the highest-priced clock ever sold at auction.

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‘Jump-Hour’ wristwatch at Rosebery’s

14 September 2012

This rare 18k gold cased ‘Jump-Hour’ wristwatch is included in the quarterly fine art auction on September 18-19 at Rosebery’s of West Norwood, South London.

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Derby now hit in spate of museum thefts

13 August 2012

Coins, medals and watches worth over £50,000 have been stolen as a series of museum break-ins continues.

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Stock from London’s oldest pawnbrokers

12 July 2012

A large sale of jewellery and watches from Suttons & Robertsons, London’s oldest pawnbrokers, is to be offered at Fellows of Birmingham on July 16.

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