The first portable watches emerged in the early 16th century. These were commonly shaped like a drum and made of gilt brass, with a single hand for telling the time. Following the invention of the hairspring in 1675, pocket watches developed into more accurate timekeepers.
In the 18th century, London was the world’s capital for watchmaking, with large numbers of skilled craftsmen.
The highest-quality pocket watches from the 19th and early 20th centuries are Breguet, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet and Girard-Perregaux, Mount Royal, Rolex and Studebaker. The most important is Patek Philippe.
While some collectors prefer to acquire watches made by one company, time-period or design, others will invest in designs that appeal aesthetically or for their value in silver or gold, for instance.
Anderson and Garland Auctioneers are the leading valuers and auctioneers of watches in the North of England and Scottish Borders. Every year, our Watch Department handles a wide range of vintage, military and luxury pocket watches, from the late 17th Century, through to 20th century examples.
We hold three dedicated watch auctions per year at our auction house in Newcastle upon Tyne. We also sell pocket watches in other auctions throughout the year.
We attract bidders to our auction from around the globe due to our modern online bidding platform, targeted mailing lists and advertising. We provide carefully researched, fully illustrated catalogues to ensure your pocket watches are marketed effectively.
If you wish to enquire about selling, we offer free, friendly and professional pre-sale selling advice and valuations, at our offices Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and selected Saturday mornings. Single items through to whole collections are welcome. Please fill out our online valuation request form below and we will reply to you with a pre-sales estimate, usually within 48 hours.
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