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10 of my favourite watches

Just above is a picture of 10 of my favourite watches which I wear on a regular basis . They are not all stock watches on the Watches Of Westminster site , they are my personal watches and I thought I would share them with visitors to the web site rather than leave them hidden away.

Omega Speedmaster 1st in my 10 favourite watches

I’ll start at the top left with one of the most recognisable watches being the Omega Speedmaster Professional ref 145022 76 ST the serial dating it to 1975.

I actually bought this through a wanted ad in Gumtree and for a reasonable price.

It does however have a strange smear slightly fading the left hand side of the script “Omega Speedmaster Professional” and when it arrived one of the pushers was totally seized. Otherwise the Speedie just needed a good service.

Picture of Speedmaster movement    10 Of My Favourite Watches
Movement

The Type B2.861 movement is present and correct and running nicely after its service.

I’ve been wearing the Speedie most of the week and it does sit very well on the wrist as its not a big heavy watch . The Speedmaster is definitely a every fay watch with huge character. Add its history and you have one of the most collectable watches at a affordable price.

Pulsar Chronometer NATO issue        10 Of My Favourite Watches
Pulsar Chronometer

Next up is a Pulsar Quartz Chronometer which was a Nato issue watch I believe to the RAF and looking at the serial numbers it was issued in 2008.

As you would expect it keeps perfect time and with its 39mm case it is not too small and not too large.

It times to one tenth of a second but for some reason the minute counter does not reset to zero. Its not a expensive watch and I tend to wear it when Im out and about doing other things not related to watches and which might end up damaging the watch ( I have many other interests ! )

Heres an intersting web site with more information

https://anordain.com/blogs/news/100-years-of-british-military-watches-part-3

It has a lot of useful information on British military watches and as we have a couple on the web site take a look at this rare Jaeger LeCoultre

https://watchesofwestminster.co.uk/sale_watch/very-rare-1948-jaeger-lecoultre-6b-346-mark-xi-raf-military-issued-watch/

Next up on my list of 10 favourite watches is a particular favourite of mine and whilst I don’t wear it too often ( for reasons that will be obvious ) when I do Its a real treat.

As you will see its a marriage watch that I put together about a year ago . After buying a Omega marriage watch a few years back I thought I would have a go at ” creation “. I had started to buy pocket watch movements on Ebay if I liked the dial.

marriage watch

This to my mind is a very nice silvered dial and with the case it weigss in at a very healthy 47.5mm diameter but you may have noticed by now that there is no crown . Well there is a way round that !

How to wind a marriage watch

You just need to pop off the crystal back and wind it with a key just like in the old days !

Its not a high grade movement , its not a high grade anything but with the suede leather strap I really do enjoy wearing it and it makes a really pleasant ticking noise you can hear from across the room.

MY FOURTH FAVOURITE WATCH

I bought this from a dealer at a good price and I had never seen one before . I actually bought 2 from him and kept this for myself . The Lemania Elvestrom has a long and interesting history and Paul Elvestrom was a Danish yachtsman who won multiple Olympic gold medals and many world titles on top.

Lemania Elvestrom

There were many different models of this watch including a titanium version and movement was used by Omega. The basis of the design is that on pushing the timer button the five discs turn blue and then every 2 minutes the discs turn red so you have a 10 minute timer.

This is pretty handy when you are bouncing around on the deck of a racing yacht and need a very quick visual reference as to when to tack.

If you want to know more on the timeline of this favourite watch take a look at this link.

http://www.regatta-yachttimers.com/brands/lemania/

My 5th Favourite watch

Bulova Accutron Spaceview

The good old “hummer” known as this because if you put the watch to your ear you can literally hear it humming and it is certainly close to the top of my 10 favourite watches

The watch contains a unique movement in many ways and its very accurate ( one minute a month i.e. 2 seconds a day ! )

The watch is effectively a electro mechanical device and was the worlds first fully electronic watch ( the mechanical bit being the drive to the hands.

A electronic oscillator turns power on and off to the 2 wound copper coils and these in turn drive the mechanical section of the watch at 360 times per second .

Being very accurate it even found its way to the moon as a cockpit instrument in the Apollo lunar missions ( you would be surprised how many watches actually went into space ! )

This is the space view model which was only actually produced to be displayed in dealers shop fronts but after a lot of customers asked to buy the demonstration watch Bulova then made many versions of the space view and have recently come out with a fascinating new model concept model which is run with a electrostatic motor the power being generated in a similar way to a automatic watch.

The Vintage space view watches can be picked up for between £400 and £1100 and its pretty much up to you which model you go for.

Ive put in the middle of my 10 favourite watches as I’ll wear it for a week and then put it away for about a month .

Im going to put the next five on the next blog !

May 6th, 2020

Posted In: Second Hand Watches, Sell My Watch, Sell my watch during Covid, Watches For Sale

Watches Of Westminster have linked up with JTM watches in Japan to help our respective customers buy and sell directly between the 2 great watch loving countries so if you are in Japan and need some help and advice in the UK regarding modern or vintage watches or vice versa just get in touch.

Tokyo Olympics Speedmaster

There are some considerable differences in the 2 watch markets and there are may more models available in one country rather than another.

If you are after a rare watch in Europe it may well be readily available in Japan so its always worth a visit to JTM.

Steve is the founder and owner of JTM and has provided the following information about his business .

Tell us a little about your background?

I came to Japan back in 2002 to work as an English teacher. I got interested in watches around 10 years ago and started a collection based exclusively on Japanese domestic market watches. That includes mostly Seikos of course, but also watches from a wide range of brands who have released watches only for sale in Japan over the years.  

Why did you start JTM watches?

 Originally it started as a way of selling my own watches without listing them on Auction sites like Ebay and losing out to their high fees. As time passed, return customers started to ask me if I could get watches for them, and I have slowly built up a small, but loyal clientele. Building up a relationship of trust with customers, especially when dealing with used and vintage watches is key as you well know. 

What differentiates JTM from the competition?

We specialize in exceptionally rare and limited Japanese domestic market watches aimed at serious collectors. Most of the watches we sell are simply not for sale anywhere else. Take the Hajime Asaoka “Kurono Tokyo” or the Grand Seiko AJHH limited edition snowflake for example that we currently have listed. It’s the niche watches like these that we are in the unique position to be able to source and provide at a competitive price.

What is the future of JTM?

Just to keep sourcing the hard-to-find JDM models and listing them on www.jtmwatches.com. I will also be adding new content to our Youtube channel when I get the free time. It’s a great way for me to showcase our inventory and share knowledge with the online watch community. 

You can email Steve here: jtmwatches@protonmail.com

His Instagram handle is @Jtmwatches

April 29th, 2020

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If you want to sell Your Vintage Watches Or Modern Watches during The Covid Lockdown then it could not be any simpler than contacting us.

At Watches Of Westminster we specialise in buying vintage and modern watches from around the world.

If you want to sell your modern or vintage watch simply contact us via the free valuation page or simply give us a call on 07768316371. You can even send us pictures of your watch via Whattsapp or text messaging.

We just need some decent pictures of the watch and any information you have in terms of boxes and papers . It really is that simple, we ensure it is !

sell your watch
Front View
Rear View

Once the sale is agreed we can send you a free postal pack so all you need to do is post the watch to us.

We can pay you on receipt of the watch or via Paypal before you send it. Depending on where you are we can even pick the watch up whilst adhering to the social distancing rules ( permitted by government rules) and pay by any means you prefer.

If you are thinking of changing your modern or vintage watch we can also offer the same service for Part Exchange watches.

Take a look at our website we have over 100 vintage and modern watches for sale and feel free to call us at any time to discuss and modern or vintage watch you want to buy or sell.

April 24th, 2020

Posted In: Lockdown, Second Hand Omega, Second Hand Rolex, Second Hand Watches, Sell My Watch, Sell my watch during Covid, Watches For Sale

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We buy broken watches !

Most of us have a old broken watches sitting in the back of a drawer or that was left to us by a relative. Like most things mechanical however watches need to be serviced and repaired and unfortunately this is not a inexpensive process . For most cheap watches the cost of repair is simply more than the value of the watch ( unless it has sentimental value ) but there are plenty watches around that are worth repairing but quite often the cost of repair ( £600 for a decent service on a high end watch ) is not something a owner will want to fork out.

At Watches Of Westminster however we have a in house watchmaker who loves the challenge of getting a watch running properly so sell us your broken watch and we will give it a good home .

Having done the first year of a watchmakers course believe me mending watches is a very tricky job which does explain why its a rather expensive process. I went to the Epping Forest Horology centre and vey much enjoyed my course so if you fancy a go check this link out

http://efhc.org.uk/wordpress/

If you want to move your watch on to a good home then contact us with a couple of decent pictures ( front or back ) and we can give you a fast valuation and either pick the watch up or arrange a free postal package so you can post the watch to us.

You can go to our valuation page or just send the pictures direct to me on 07768316371 via text or Whattsapp and you will get a fast response. No need for a visit and a wait, it can all be done remotely.

Even if your watch is missing parts such as the glass or winder it can be repaired and we are keen to repair it .

We have bought hundreds of watches this way and have proven track record in keeping customers happy.

Your broken watch could be worth more than you think so get in touch with us and we can complete the whole process quicker than you think.

We buy broken watches from around the world so don’t be put off if you are abroad.

Find out more about us here

https://watchesofwestminster.co.uk/wp-admin/post.php?post=157&action=edit

April 23rd, 2020

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Second Hand Omega Speedmaster Professional

Second Hand Omega Speedmaster Professional

The Omega watch company have been in existence since 1848 and have built up a very fine reputation throughout the world for high quality watches.

Some of the history of the Omega watch includes:

  • They became one of Switzerland’s first Industrial wristwatch manufacturers by 1900.
  • They have a history of doing the timing of Olympic games since 1932.
  • NASA in 1965 chose the Omega Speedmaster Professional as its official chronograph for the crew of the Apollo 11 to be worn on July 21 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Buz Aldrin, took their first steps on the moon.
  • James Bond has been wearing Omega watches for over twenty years. The first film they used Omega watches was in “Golden Eye” in 1995.

Today watches are not only an item to be worn for the practical purpose of telling the time but they have become so much more than that. Quality watches are now a fashion accessory and are now regarded as a status symbol giving some perceived indication of the wearer’s style and wealth.

Why do Watches Appreciate in value?

The watch brands, models, material used in the construction, exclusivity of the watch, reputation, age and the movement all contribute to establishing if a watch will appreciate in value in the coming years.

Throughout Omega’s watch making history, their main competitor has been Rolex and although Rolex watches are highly desirable and collectable, they generally have a different set of clients; maybe younger with a not so ostentatious look. Omega has in the last 50 years focused a huge amount of its attention on the branding and marketing of their watches using high profile celebrities to promote their watches worldwide.

Omega is, without a doubt, a very fine luxury watch brand that originated in Switzerland and is now owned by Swatch. Their watches are highly regarded in the watch and collectors market place and if you are sensible with your choice after doing some research, then you will have a purchased a luxury watch that will appreciate in value year on year.

Vintage Omega Speedmaster Chronograph with White face

Omega Seamaster

Is an Omega watch a good Investment?

Omega watches are a well-respected and high quality stylish timepiece brand that over the years has moved with the times developing its range but not compromising in anyway on its quality and desirability.

In order for the purchase of an Omega watch to be a sound investment, it is important to understand that if you are purchasing a new watch from a retail showroom, the value of the watch will disintegrate immediately. This is not a poor reflection on Omega watches but it is just the norm on generally all watch sales. Vintage watches are where you will earn your money. Firstly before you purchase a vintage Omega watch, do your research. An original vintage Omega watch is what all self-respecting watch collectors are looking for. Along with the watches original box and papers and the watch being in good condition. These are all the hallmarks of a solid investment.

Here at Watches of Westminster, we specialise in Vintage watches of all brands and have a number of vintage Omegas for sale. Feel free to browse our second hand and vintage watch sales page and if you have a watch to sell or Part Exchange just get in contact.

April 23rd, 2020

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You can sell your vintage/modern watch today without moving home !

Whether your stuck at home or just don’t want the hassle of travelling , Watches Of Westminster offer a totally remote watch buying service.

Front View

Al you need to do is send us some decent pictures of your watch ( front and back ) via our valuation page of our website or by text or Whattsapp to 07768316371.

Back Of Watch

We will give you a fast and fair valuation and once agreed we can then send you a pre paid postal pack. We recommend this is via Royal Mail Special delivery which is tracked and signed for. We can also arrange collection but this will depend on where you are and the value of the watch.

We can pay you up front via Paypal ( it’s very simple to set up a account ) or via bank transfer as soon as the watch arrives. If we are able to collect the watch we can also pay cash or by bank transfer ( we normally send £1 initially just to ensure the funds transfer without any issues once we arrive )

We have carried out this process may hundreds of times and it has always gone smoothly with happy customers.

We are open 7 days a week and are looking forward to your contact. If your not too sure about uploading pictures then just give us a call to run through the process.

April 23rd, 2020

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If you live anywhere between Devon and London ( a route I often travel for work purposes) and you have a vintage watch you want to sell then simply go to our valuation page.

Send us some decent pictures and a description and we can give you a same day valuation.

If you prefer you can simply send me some images by text or Whattsapp on 07768316371 and I can get straight back to you.

Any valuation will be subject to seeing the vintage watch you want to sell but the valuation rarely changes once the watch has been inspected.

The whole inspection process takes no more than 10/15 minutes and you can be paid by bank transfer , cash or Paypal.

It really is as simple as that and a process we have carried out almost a thousand times since 2015.

If you have a Rolex , Omega , Breitling , Cartier ,Jaeger LeCoultre , Longines ,Breguet , Vacheron Constantin , Tudor, Patek Philippe , Rado , Tissot , Universal Geneve , Elgin , Enicar , Gruen , Heuer , Lemania , Nivada , Wittnauer , Yema , Bulova , Panerai, Blancpain , Girard Perregaux , Doxa or indeed any similar brand then we are interested in making you an offer.

Vintage generally means anything up to the mid 80’s but we also buy high end modern watches , early digital watches and any military issued watches.

Watch memorabilia and old stock can also be of interest including old shop window displays . In fact anything connected to vintage watches is of interest.

Contact us now and you will be surprised how quickly things can be completed.

April 22nd, 2020

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Times are going to get tough and that is for sure , I have been through 3 recessions and this is my 4th.

Luckily I stopped investing in the stock market on the second crash ( not black Weds ) and have not even thought about buying shares since , they are simply too volatile and frankly the returns are too low ( and taxed ) and a lot of smart and fast computers are going to take the big profits at your cost..

Property has always been a good investment for me ( being a Chartered Surveyor handy with tools helps ) but when in 2015 I started buying vintage watches I really have not looked back.

I don’t know anybody who has not made a decent margin on vintage watches ( and a number of new ones ) and if they are personal watches i.e. you are not engaged in a business theres no tax to pay of any sort.

This is an excerpt from the government website….

Possessions with a limited lifespan

You don’t have to pay Capital Gains Tax on personal possessions with a lifespan of less than 50 years. This covers all machinery, and includes things like antique clocks or watches.

Hmm I don’t know of any watch that won’t last 50 years but HMRC sets the rules !

Now the tricky part comes when you come to actually invest i.e. buy a vintage watch !

My best advice is to go to a well known auction house like Fellows. I used to buy from there in the early years and my watchmaker still does but then he tends to go for the cheaper watches i.e. up to £1,000 and needing work which of course he does for free !

Omega Rolex Cartier Longines Breitling London

If you have done your research and have built up a good knowledge of a particular brand or model then Ebay is always worth looking at and I have bought a few watches on Ebay but the margins are not so good but you do have the protection of Paypal !

You may be asking yourself at this point why Im not suggesting you buy from me ?

You are more than welcome to and I offer better than high street prices and supply a warranty and certificate of authenticity but if you want the thrill of the chase and a bit of a hobby then there’s a massive world of vintage watches out there to explore but as ever profit is the reward for risk !

I would also generally steer clear of the more expensive watches i.e. over £5k as at this level they become of interest to the high end fakers ( The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Rolex Sub Kermit are very well faked and numerous ) and believe me there are many out there so always buy watches you personally like as you will build up a knowledge of them and you get to wear your watches and really enjoy your investment.

Im currently writing this blog wearing my Bulova Accutron which I absolutely love wearing , its a nice light watch and has a fascinating technical history. Put it to your ear and it sounds totally unique which is why they are called “hummers”.

I think they are quite undervalued but of course once they stop working repair is not so simple !

The bottom line is that if you like watches and want to invest , watches are a perfect solution . I have 5 classic cars but as much as I love them they do take a lot of maintenance luckily which I do myself but in terms of long term “profit” they don’t work so well.

Watches do !!

April 11th, 2020

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I love buying vintage watches and every purchase is a little bit of a triumph filled with excitement and some trepidation and then the pleasure of giving a fantastic bit of history a new life ( after a clean and service ).

Just beautiful !

Whats your vintage watch worth ? I’m afraid the answer to that is anywhere between nothing and hundreds of thousands. There really is that much variation in the prices and valuing watches is not always an exact science.

I will often pay a bit more for watches I “want” to have in stock simply for the pleasure of owning them.

Of course if you have a well known brand and model a quick check on the net will give you the asking prices but there is a big difference between asking , selling and trade and then that is all qualified by the condition of the watch. A nice vintage Submariners value can be halved if later hands and dials have been fitted.

Original boxes and papers will also add a significant sum to the value especially for sought after models. Any interesting documented history will also help. Picture of your grandfather wearing his watch whilst storming the beaches really does excite collectors and me . Inscriptions on the back generally hurt values but not if it relates to a historic moment or person.

Can you sell it today ?

Yes you can !

Unlike the “big” firms who want you to book a meeting and travel to them only to find you have to leave them the watch for 2 weeks , We have a policy of a fast turnaround and personal to your door service whenever possible. If you can give me good quality pictures of your watch in the morning I can get funds to you via Paypal that same day. If your not too far away we can often meet the same day and I can pay by mobile phone banking or with cash.

It is really that simple just check out the valuation page on our web site or Whattsapp me ( Simon) on 07768316371. I am the owner of the business and I love buying watches !

March 20th, 2020

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Here at Watches Of Westminster we are always seeking to buy interesting vintage watches and we specialise in fast completion with Payment in Cash , Bank Transfer , Paypal or even a Part Exchange for one of our stock watches of which we have over 140.

We make a point of ensuring the sale process is a fast and simple for the seller and we can either travel to you or meet you at a public pre agreed location.

If travelling is an issue then Paypal is always a option and we are happy to pay the fees .

Just contact us through the web site and send some decent close up pictures of the front and back or if you prefer contact us via Whattsapp 07768316371.

The watch does not even need to be working or in good condition / completes we love rescuing watches that most people think are at the end of their life.

Watches with a interesting history are always a bonus !

Heres a nice Omega we have just part exchanged.

A Omega Speedmaster , my favourite watch !

March 20th, 2020

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I am the owner of Watches Of Westminster please read the about me Section on my website. I really do like buying and selling watches especially vintage models ( anything up to late 90s ) even more so when they need some rescue / repair . Its not about the money ( thats a very long story ) and you do meet the most interesting people / customers in this business .

Sadly the most prominent company in this market Austin Kaye the cornerstone of vintage / high end watch retailing for over 60 years sadly closed their shop on the Strand central London. So many people ( even me ) have now have to forgo that lunchtime browse of gorgeous want to have watches ( I even went into the shop last year and nearly bought a Speedie at retail !!)

If your heading to London and want to look at a few of my watches just let me know and I would be happy to meet you at your hotel or any other (public ) location to suit in or around London and talk watches especially if that include a PX.

Its just what I do and it is for the fun of it

February 22nd, 2020

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We specialise in buying Rolex GMT watches and we pride ourselves in doing it quickly and professionally.

As part of our service we will travel to you and pay via Bank Transfer , Paypal or even cash.

We don’t mind if the watch is missing its box and papers or even not working as part of our service comprises a evaluation of the watch in front of you during our meeting.

Whether you have a modern or vintage GMT we are interested just contact us via the website or simply call us on 07768316371 at anytime for a chat.

There are many models of GMT starting in 1954 with the 6542 followed by the 1675 and in the early 1960’s , the 16750 came along in 1981. The 16700 and 16710 appeared in 1989 and the later models were named the 116710LN and 116713LN. There a huge range of variations on these models and of course its one of the most copied watches in the world ( something that only experts can determine) so if you need to sell your watch or just have it checked out just get in contact and we will get straight back to you.

February 1st, 2020

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We specialise in buying vintage watches that are in need of some TLC.

They have often been left in the back of a drawer or handed down through the family but have not been serviced for many years or are in need of repair.

Sometimes these watches do make it to the local repair shop who can’t repair them ( watchmaking is a dying art ) or they ( the so called watch repairers ) simply want to send them away for a very expensive overhaul. This can often cost as much as the watch is worth and quite often the watches value is ruined by the original hands or dial being changed ( DONT DO IT !! ).

We are happy to look at any interesting or high end vintage watch you have in any condition even if not running as we love rescuing once great time pieces and giving them a new home.

We can also look at your old watch and PX it against one of our more modern watches or even a newly serviced vintage watch. Theres nothing we won’t consider. Just contact us via the web site or even call us on 07768316371 and ask for Simon.

January 21st, 2020

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At Watches Of Westminster we pride ourselves on our fast and personal service.

Unlike all other watch buyers we will travel to you for the right watch and can meet you at your bank to arrange a transfer or we can by prior arrangement pay cash or even by Paypal.

We can inspect the watch there and then and give you an instant price and payment.

Some good quality pictures are usually all we need although our valuations are based on being able to inspect the watch at a place of your convenience. We travel all over the UK.

Here are some pictures of watches we have recently purchased , if you have anything similar please let us know by visiting the web site or simply calling us on 07768316371 and ask for Simon.

Theres no risk and no obligation !

January 21st, 2020

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HAVE YOU EVER BEEN FRUSTRATED BY THE COSTS OF SERVICING WATCHES ??

Watches Of Westminster is now offering a postal service for the servicing and repair of all watches including high end brands especially vintage models that are often shunned by high street shops as too tricky to work on.

Even Rolex service centres will not tackle older models !!

We charge a reasonable rate depending on the work needed and will provide you with a estimate of costs prior to any work being carried out and will not carry out any extra work without your approval.

Please contact us via the contact page or call us on 07768316371

Alternatively if your watch is not running and you simply want to sell it please let us know and we can have a chat about about inspection and purchase.

We have been employing our watchmaker for 4 years now and are amazed at what he can do with watches !
The price for a standard service of a non chronograph manual wind watch is £150 and does not include replacement parts if needed or return postage. Obviously a battery change is much less but every watch is treated on a individual basis and our quote form will allow you to tailor the work you want done.

 

 

 

September 28th, 2019

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Here at Watches Of Westminster we will travel far and wide to buy the right watch whether vintage or modern even if it needs a service is a non runner.

We like bringing old watches back to life and giving new watches a good home and work seven days a week giving customers fast valuations from just a few pictures. Www are happy to travel to Hertfordshire and beyond to buy and sell the right watch and can arrange a suitable time outside of normal working hours to suit our customers needs.

If you are too far away we also provide a free postal service and can send you a postal pack so you don’t have the hassle of having to find the right packaging etc for the watch.

We can pay cash or bank transfer for your watch and don’t forget we also love a Part Exchange so if you have seen a watch on our website you like and want to exchange your watch ( running or not ) we can give you a price ( either way ) to change and deliver the watch to you .

Most other watch buyers have a long and complicated buying process and won’t travel to you. We are the exact opposite and have bought many watches from people simply not willing to go through the long drawn out process.

Heres a selection of some watches we have bought recently.

CONTACT US NOW FOR A FAST AND FRIENDLY QUOTE

June 14th, 2019

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Heres another interesting find just in all the way from Greece a Heuer 3648S with a rare red numbered telemetre ring. The watch is running but is off for a much needed service tonight. It arrived with one of those little loved expanding bracelets which has now been changed but I’ve kept it as in 20 years time Im sure everyone will be saying ” couldn’t give them away “!!

 

The watch has certainly seen plenty of use and there is some discolouration to the dial and a light scratch but to many and myself a vintage watch is always more wearable and interesting with “weathering” after all who buys antiques that look brand new.

Keep an eye on the web site , it may be up for sale at some point in the future !

June 12th, 2019

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Sell your Vintage Omega Speedmaster Professional Today call 07768316371

WATCHES OF WESTMINSTER SPECIALISE IN MAKING THE SELLING OF YOUR VINTAGE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER WATCH AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE.

Here at Watches Of Westminster we love buying Omega Speedmasters especially vintage models and we can complete purchases the same day.

Here is a Omega Speedmaster we recently bought. Its totally original and having just been serviced it is running perfectly. You can get more details from our watch sales page .

All Speedsters are special and there are a huge variety of them including price ranges . If you want an investment watch that you can wear and pass on then a Speedmaster is a good candidate. The pre moon watches are getting very pricey these days but M11’s can still be found for reasonable prices but as ever do your research and if buying remotely pay via Paypal !

If you like the super accurate timing of quartz watches Omega also made a digital Speedmaster ;

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The old adage of buying the best you can really does apply and unless you have a good idea of what you are doing its best to buy from a High St store or a well known seller who has their reputation to look after.

To make it more interesting why not buy yourself a birthdate watch , they are available from 1957 ( very very expensive ) up to present day. Why not buy a new model to mark the birth of your son or daughter. It will be a daily reminder of that joyous moment in time.

You can do some initial reading up here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega_Speedmaster

Original bracelet

If you have anything similar to sell just contact me at Watches Of Westminster ,the number above is also my Whattsapp number.

We really do try and make the whole process of selling your watch as quick and simple as possible and can normally make an offer on some decent photographs and we are always prepared to travel for the right watch.

Contact us now , we are open all day every day !

May 19th, 2019

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The Bovet watch name is not so well known to some watch buyers but the company has a long and prestigious history starting in 1822 but its founder Edouard Bovet ( 1797 to1849 ) was in fact the son of a watchmaker and he went to London to study watchmaking ( don’t forget England was the centre of watchmaking ( a long story for another blog )) and he started the Bovet watch company in 1822 seemingly to capitalise on the export market to China ( how things change ).

As ever the Chinese market dived ( 1855 ) partly due to counterfeits ( just shows theres nothing new in watches !)  the company  was purchased in 1888.

The following is an extract from Wikepedia

In 1901, the Bovet trademark was sold at auction in Paris to Cesar and Charles Leuba, sons of Ami Leuba.[7] Jacques Ullmann and Co., another successful production of watches for the Chinese market, purchased the Bovet brand in 1918. After Jacques Ullmann went out of business in 1932, the Bovet name was bought by Albert and Jean Bovet ( some family connection ?) , who were successful watch makers and registered several patents for chronographs, such as the mono rattrapante—a device that would pause the second hand for a reading while the mechanism continued to run.[7] The company Favre-Leuba purchased the name and manufacturing facilities from the Bovet brothers in 1948.[7]

This therefore leads us to this really attractive watch we have recently purchased  which as 34 mm is a pleasant size on the wrist and one of the prettiest chronographs I have seen for some time.

We would love to buy more Covets so if you have one please let us know.

If your interested in this watch here is our advert for it.

https://watchesofwestminster.co.uk/wp-admin/post.php?post=12065&action=edit

Take a look and contact us for more details.

May 18th, 2019

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Just in at Watches Of Westminster is this fantastic Omega Speedmaster Rattrapante 354050 Limited Edition with the superb black dial.

This is a rare Omega Speedmaster and was more expensive than the standard Omega Speedmaster model back in 1998 and differed to the X-33 in that it had 3 pushers. It was available with a leather strap or stainless as shown above.

At the time, this Omega Speedmaster was  futuristic looking watch with a carbon fibre dial and 3 rounded off rectangular pushers. One  pusher was to  start/stop the timing, the second to reset the chronograph hands and the third at 10 o’clock position would operate the split-seconds function

The heart of the watch ( the movement ) is a Omega Cal 3600 which is  based on the ETA / Valjoux 7750 movement but modified to become the split second chronograph that it is today. IWC did a very similar thing for their Double Chrono Fleiger.

Here is our page for the model we are selling

https://watchesofwestminster.co.uk/wp-admin/post.php?post=10613&action=edit

All Speedmasters are great but this model has a unique appeal and will certainly become a collectors piece in the future as has the the 125 and X-33 , its just a matter of time.
Given the good value they are at the moment ( ensure you go for original boxes and papers ) its a much better buy than any new watch and will always be a interesting timepiece whether on your wrist or in your collection.
If you have any model of Speedmaster  and want to sell it please contact us at Watches Of Westminster and we will give you a fast response.
We make the process of buying and selling as simple as possible and specialise in either coming to you or using the great UK postal system.
We also buy and sell abroad and will always consider a part exchange.

May 15th, 2019

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