Clevedon Salerooms - one of Bristol's leading auctioneer and valuer

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Antique & Quality Furnishings, Collectables etc

Thursday 14 February 2019  

10.30 am

Clevedon Salerooms - On-line Catalogue

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Viewing at Saleroom


Wednesday 13 February 2019  

10am to 6:30pm

Morning of sale from 9am

 Clevedon Salerooms - Last Sale Catalogue


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The right time to sell?

“A man with one watch always knows the correct time, 

                          A man with two watches is never sure”

Despite most watch collectors having only two wrists, an increasing number of them appear only too willing to expand the size of their collections at a time when investing in something of quality and that actually exists has never made more sense.  When an empty Rolex box can command £100 at auction it is time to start looking through the dressing table drawer and in the bedside cabinet to see just what un-worn and un-loved wristwatches are there just waiting for a new owner to get them ticking once again.  Whether they are actually working or not is largely inconsequential and it would be unusual for us to recommend a vendor having any work done prior to selling a watch at auction.

Rolex Submariner

Rolex Milgauss

Clevedon Salerooms have an enviable record when it comes to selling vintage wristwatches.  When a late 1950s Rolex Submariner sold in these rooms in 2010 for £41,500 to a Hong Kong buyer, collectors, dealers and vendors from around the world took note.  Since then a Rolex Milgauss anti-magnetic stainless cased wristwatch designed for use in areas with high magnetic fields such as power stations sold for £16,800. 

Vintage wristwatches have become like vintage cars with collectors arguing over the relative merits of one brand over another. While Rolex may to many be the name at the top of the pyramid, to others there exists a higher rarefied range of precision watchmakers whose aficionado look down their noses at Rolex as not nearly exclusive enough. 

When watches can command the price of a car it becomes apparent that it is much easier for a wealthy collector to find space for another watch in their collection, a sports car takes a lot more room and is harder to hide from a partner!


Of course, the one thing that all these collectors have in common, wherever in the world they are located, is the desire to have the best they can possibly afford.  When a market has a prevalence of collectors for whom price is often of little consequence, the opportunities for vendors become particularly exciting.

Patek Philippe

We regularly sell watches for our clients including examples by Breitling, Bulova, Cartier, Cyma, International Watch Company, A. Lange & Sohne, Movado, Omega, Oris, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Raymond Weil, Rolex, TAG Heuer, Tudor to name just a few of the better known brands.   We also sell pocket watches with estimates ranging from under £100 to £1000 plus.


Watches sold in our Specialist Sales are professionally photographed front and back and in many cases we arrange for the backs to be removed by one of the UK’s leading watch specialists, to enable us to photograph and check serial numbers on the case and movement.  With our online catalogues available on three different specialist websites, live on-line bidding and telephone bidding we are the automatic choice for vendors seeking to achieve the most for their watches.  For more affordable watches, these are included in the jewellery section of the sale held each fortnight with estimates ranging from £50 - £500.


If you would like a free no–obligation valuation on any watch please bring it along to one of our Free Valuation Days or outside of these times contact us for an appointment.  Our next dedicated Watch Valuation Day will be held on Monday 21st January 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5.30pm
Clevedon Salerooms - one of Bristol's leading auctioneer and valuer