Watches & Clocks

Reflecting a strong collector market, we are always seeking good watches for our catalogues. We see continued robust demand for prestige brands, particularly vintage Rolex and Omega, high end makers Patek Phillipe, Baum et Mercier, Jaeger, Piaget, Longines and Cartier. We typically offer along with good wristwatches a selection of gold pocket watches, superior antique clocks and specialist vintage pieces.

F002 - 0111

A rare quality early 19thC James McCabe hour striking carriage clock,

the celebrated London firm of clockmakers. The moulded brass case is of a style typical to this maker and retains its original gilding. There are bevelled glasses to the sides and top and a solid gilt rear door with winding shutter and regulation slide. The silvered brass dial is signed by the maker 'James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London No. 3354, which is repeated on the backplate. The eight-day fusée movement strikes the hours on a gong and retains the original platform lever escapement with gold plain balance wheel. H.190mm to top of handle. With original mahogany travelling box with rounded brass edging and original numbered 3354 winding key. Literature Described and illustrated in Charles Allix, Carriage Clocks: The History and Development (1981), p. 280.

Realised: $14,000
F002 - 0112

A rare Dent (late Arnold and Dent) carriage clock,

date 1850, the movement with twin chain fusée drive, the plate signed 'Dent, late Arnold and Dent' with the 82 Strand, London address and serial number 480, suggesting an origin not long after the dissolution of the Arnold and Dent partnership in the latter half of 1840. It strikes hours and half hours on a gong and has subsidiary day and date dials. All dials are engine turned and silvered. Working. With original carrying case with CMM and 1850 to the lid. Provenance: Ex. Coutts family descendants (of the Queen's bank in the UK). The unique design on the back of the clock case (as well as the lid of the original leather carrying case for the clock) shows the initials CMM and the date 1850. The family advised the vendor that the clock almost certainly belonged to Clara Maria Money (nee Burdett), the daughter of Sir Francis Burdett, and related to Thomas Burdett, (who was in the British government). According to the Coutts Bank Wikipedia page, Clara Maria was a sister of Angela Burdett-Coutts, who inherited much of the assets of the Coutts bank but was later forced to divest much of those assets when, against covenants of the inheritance, she insisted on marrying someone outside the UK. Much of the assets then went to Clara Maria, who by this time had married James Money and who subsequently became Clara Maria Money-Coutts so as to qualify for the inheritance. Interestingly, Clara Maria Burdett married James Money in 1850, so possibly this clock was a wedding gift to her. Sold Webb's 2013.

Realised: $12,000
F00011 - 0204

A gent's 18ct gold and stainless steel Rolex oyster perpetual, datejust wrist watch,

automatic, champagne dial with Roman numerals, model 16233, serial number W573194, with original boxes, tag and purchase receipt. Copy of 2016 valuation available.

Realised: $7,750
F002 - 0114

Paul Garnier 19thC striking carriage clock,

hour and half hour striking on a bell, one piece case. The movement back plate signed Paul Garnier, Hger du Roi, the watered-silk engine turned dial with Roman numeral chapter ring over two winding holes and a plaque inscribed Paul Garnier Horloger Du Roi, within a one piece case with vertical front sliding door. Serial 1059 and with chaff cutter escapement. Running well. H.145mm to top of handle. With original carrying case and key fitted to interior base of case.

Realised: $7,000
WATCH - 0140

A superb 18ct gold open face pocket watch by Bentley & Beck, Royal Exchange, London, number 612,

the large 57mm machine engraved case, hallmarked 1838. Three colour gold dial, with bird and acanthus scroll centre, matt chapter ring with raised Roman numerals within an outer border of chased and engraved scrolls and flowerheads. Subsidiary seconds dial at VI with radial guilloche pattern. Fine blued steel hands. The signed and numbered movement with duplex escapement with compensation balance (earlier style with wedge shaped weights). Signed dust cap. Case stamped S.C. 612, winding cover engraved with owner's names. 170gm.

Realised: $6,500
WATCH - 0077

Substantial 18ct gold, open face pocket watch, unnamed, numbered 15982,

56mm case, with inner 18ct gold dust cover engraved with presentation inscription 1892, hallmarked Chester 1892 by Rotherham & Sons (John Rotherham), case manufacturers, Spon Street, Coventry. Engraved monogram to back JLJ. ¾ plate keyless movement with lever escapement, hacking slide to stop and start centre seconds at III on band. White enamel dial with sunken centre; chapter ring with Roman numerals, rail track minutes and 300 outer indices. Gold hands, blued centre seconds. 169gm

Realised: $6,000
WATCH - 0176

High calibre minute repeater, 18ct gold half hunter pocket watch by Dent, London, number 43065.

53mm plain case hallmarked London 1886, maker's mark AS. Numbers to covers and inner 18ct gold dust cover match movement number. Back cover with blue enamel monogram 'ESD', front cover with blue enamel Roman numerals and rail track minutes framing window. White enamel dial, Roman numerals, rail track minutes, sunken subsidiary seconds at VI, blued steel hands. Signed Dent (in triangle) 61 Strand & 4 Royal Exchange, London. 43065' 3/4 plate back movement signed and numbered as the dial, additionally 'Watchmaker to the Queen'. repeater actuator slide on band at VI. 146gm In red-brown Morocco, scallop shell shaped case with purple velvet lining.

Realised: $5,500
WATCH - 0058

An 18ct gold, early 19thC skeletonized gold automaton watch,

55mm diameter case and with verge fusée movement quarter repeating on two gongs, the skeletonized display of two classical figures in bi-colour gold who strike two silver bells, the repeat activated by depressing the pendant, a small white enamel chapter ring marked with hours in Arabic numerals. The open-faced case with engine turned back and finely fluted walls, the sprung hinged gilt curvette engraved Breguet & fils. Circa 1820. Glass replaced with perspex.

Realised: $5,500
F00011 - 0203

A ladies 18ct gold and stainless-steel Rolex oyster perpetual datejust wrist watch,

automatic, champagne dial with Roman numerals, model 79173, serial number P788721, in original boxes, with purchase receipt. 2016 valuation available.

Realised: $5,000
F001 - 0143

A c1880 Victorian bracket clock,

in an ebonised case with a silvered chapter ring displaying roman numerals, two subsidiary dials to regulate the chiming mechanism and ormolu mounts, including caryatids flanking the dial. With key to back. Clock 470 x 280 x 740mm, the bracket 550 x 380 x 450 mm. The bracket may need another fitting to attach to the wall.

Realised: $5,000