The Watch Department

Over recent years the Watch Department has grown significantly and benefits from a thriving international market especially for vintage and quality brand wristwatches. Some quite exceptional prices have been achieved, most notably for several 1960s Rolex 5513 ‘369’ Submariner wristwatches, the highest price currently a staggering £192,000 to a client based in Hong Kong.

These specialist sales are held three times a year, with additional watches often included in other sales throughout the year. For the latest sale updates please subscribe to receive our free watch sale newsletters.

Wristwatches in each sale offer some fine vintage, Military and quality modern timepieces always including the well regarded and famous manufacturers such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron, Omega, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Breitling, Panerai, Zenith, Audemars Piguet, Tag Heuer, Longines and many others.

Pocket Watches are always well represented principally dating from the 17th century to the early 20th century, with many silver and gold examples including chronometers, repeaters, verge, cylinder, duplex and other complicated movements. This section often sells out with high demand.

Watchmaker’s Workshop – This section is principally unreserved and includes mixed lots of watches for repair, watch stands, watch parts, books, watch glasses, straps and most things that tick or sometimes not!

For further information please contact David Hare or Joby Hobbs


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Gardiner Houlgate operate a strict security policy. All clients wishing to view the watch sale must register and provide full identification upon arrival.

Forthcoming Sales

Wednesday 21st October 2020Specialist WatchesEntry Deadline – 25th September 2020

Previous Sales

Wednesday 24th June 2020 Specialist Watches View Sale Results
Wednesday 19th February 2020 The Watch Auction View Sale Results
Wednesday 23rd October 2019 Specialist Watches View Sale Results
Wednesday 26th June 2019 Jewellery and Watches View Sale Results
Wednesday 22nd May 2019 Specialist Watches View Sale Results
Wednesday 27th March 2019 Watches & Fine Jewellery View Sale Results
Wednesday 20th February 2019 The Watch Auction View Sale Results