Wristwatches

Recent highlights include a limited edition Omega ‘Apollo-Soyuz’ Speedmaster which achieved £28,000 hammer price, a Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 3940 which realised £19,000, and a ladies Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso for £10,000.

The watch department has many years of experience covering well-known leading names such as Rolex, Omega, Tag Heuer, Patek Phillipe, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet and IWC Schaffhausen.

Valuations take place both in our Sussex Saleroom and our London office on Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, as well as 'pop-up' valuation days across the country. Preliminary estimates can also be provided via our website and we are delighted to arrange home visits. Make sure you keep an eye on our website for any upcoming auctions.

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Department Specialists

Lee Cox

Silver & Jewellery Specialist, General Valuer & Auctioneer

Quality Timepieces to Last a Lifetime - Watch Sales

There is nothing quite as timeless as a high quality antique watch. For hundreds of years, watches were an indicator of status, wealth and style. Even in today’s modern market, an expensive watch remains a desirable and appealing staple for many.

Since their conception, the style and workmanship of timepieces has evolved considerably. Early pocket watches would have been worn predominantly by gentlemen; later, wristwatches were introduced as an equivalent for ladies.

From there, the popularity of wristwatches grew for both men and women, as it was clear that they were the most practical option. This saw a huge spike in a variety of different wristwatch styles and designs - making vintage and antique wristwatches an exciting and diverse collectors item.

Mechanism and functionality is also a huge selling point for a timepiece. Painstaking and intricate work has frequently gone into making the watch functional, which technologies shifting and developing over time. Many older watches will have mechanical movement, whereas the Quartz movement in the 1960s saw the advent of battery systems. These elements are telltale signs of the era in which it was made, and are a big factor when valuing the piece.

Of course, it's not just about the name or the function of the piece, but the quality of the materials in which it was made. You might choose to focus your collection on a specific material, such as silver or white gold. Naturally, the higher the quality, the higher the price.


Vintage, Modern and Antique Watches

Watches have always been a good indicator of the latest trends, so there is always beauty, historical relevance and exciting things to learn whatever period you're collecting from. Whether you're buying or selling antique, modern or vintage watches, our skilled and experienced team can help you glean the knowledge you need to sell or buy at the best price.

Refer to our website to keep up to date with our frequent watch sales, and please get in touch for more information.