There is always considerable demand for good quality clocks and interest in vintage wristwatches has soared during the past few years.
Traditional 18th and 19th Century table, bracket and mantel clocks meet with keen demand and the traditional grandfather clock is now a ‘must buy’ at the very reasonable levels they are achieving at auction.
Watches by Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cartier are selling well and World War II Military watches have also surged in value. The Spetchley Park house sale included a rare early 17th Century pocket watch by Richard Masterson and two wonderful French minute and quarter repeating calendar clocks. Watches of this rarity need considerable research before sale and Chorley’s can call on the country’s leading horologists for help in this.
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A George III eight-day, hour repeat bracket clock by John Ellicott, London, the brass arched dial with gilt metal rococo spandrels, silvered metal chapter rings and calendar aperture, the movement.
Sold for £13,000 + buyers premium
A gentleman's Rolex Oyster Explorer wristwatch, with black gloss dial, on an associated bracelet, with the original incomplete bracelet and various paperwork, purchased from Bravingtons.
Sold for £8,000 + buyers premium
An RAF Sector clock, WWII period, F.W. Elliot Ltd., later white dial with red, blue and yellow five minute sectors, RAF wings and eight-day fusee movement, numbered.
Sold for £2,200 + buyers premium
A fine carriage clock, James McCabe, Royal Exchange London, No. 2451, fitted a twin fusée movement striking on a gong, with numbered key, 20cm high and the case for the same,
Sold for £11,000 + buyers premium
A rare 17th Century silver pair-cased pocket watch, Richard Masterson, Londini, the silver dial with central vase of flowers and Roman numerals to the chapter ring, in outer shagreen case.
Sold for £8,500 + buyers premium
An eight-day table clock by Thomas Mercer St Albans No. 1231, fitted a single fusée movement, the dial with subsidiary seconds and wind gauge the burr yew case on four bun feet, 24cm high.
Sold for £5,500 + buyers premium