Here at Watches Of Westminster we love Zodiac vintage watches and are always on the lookout for more so if you have one you were thinking of selling feel free to contact us for a fast response.
Just click on the link below !
Zodiac watches are quite a well know brand and have a loyal following. They are a Swiss firm as you may expect but the brand name does not hint at this .
The Zodiac watch company was set up by a Mr Ariste Calame as far back as 1882 in Le Locle Switzerland
As you might expect its a pretty place to make Zodiac watches . Ariste came from a long line of watchmakers and he wanted to follow his father into the trade.
The first flat pocket watch they produced was released to the public in 1928, and used the unique Zodiac calibre 1617 in house movement.
In 1930 Zodiac produced the first automatic sports watch, and then produced the popular Zodiac Autographic. The Autographic was automatic with a power reserve gauge, an unbreakable ( compared to other brands ! ) crystal, and a radium dial which would glow in the dark, and was also water and shock resistant. The watch was very advanced for its day and popular with the watch buying public.
The model that first comes to mind(to collectors) is the Sea Wolf and this was introduced in 1953. A purpose designed ” dive watch ” it was a world first for Zodiac.
The Zodiac Sea Wolf was superseded in the 1970s by the Super Sea Wolf which increased the depth rating to 750m which is substantial .
There were many other notable models in the Zodiac range my favourite being the Zodiac GMT Chronograph and here is a picture of a very nice example. If you have a vintage Zodiac GMT please let us know.
WoWadmin March 16th, 2022
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If you are looking for a vintage / classic /old watch shop in the UK you are not exactly spoilt for choice there being little more than a handful in central London and even fewer outside.
VINTAGE WATCHES FOR SALE UK
A lot of avid watch collectors scan Ebay but Caveat Emptor !! ( it actually means buyer beware a bargain ) and to be frank unless you are only buying cheap watches say under £100 it can be a nightmare and can easily end in disappointment. Sure you can return the watch if the buyer agrees and you do it within 30 days which is not exactly the same as the 365 day Guarantee you will get from Watches Of Westminster or indeed any other reputable dealer who offers certification and a warranty.
THE KEY ELEMENT TO BUYING VINTAGE WATCHES
Vintage watches are in may ways similar to vintage / classic cars in that they will generally need some tinkering to keep them running well. The problem is that whilst many people ( of my generation anyhow ) could do many jobs on a classic car , old watches are another matter altogether !
When I started the watch business I also attended a watchmakers course ( for the first year anyhow. It was interesting and quite good fun . What it taught me was that whilst I was quite good at classic car mechanics ( I was the mechanic in my Ducati dealership for a while as well ) The skill required for watch repairs were somewhat different. I can always remember taking a watch apart and then not being sure if the screw I was looking for was actually a bit of dust !!. How they actually made the screws in the first place Ill never know !
By its very nature a older watch will probably need a service when you become the new owner unless of course you have bought it from a reputable dealer who will warrant the watch. Of course you can have your new purchase serviced at one of the few remaining classic/vintage watchmakers but problems can soon start to mount if new parts are needed .
ARE VINTAGE/CLASSIC WATCHES REPAIRABLE ?
Anything is repairable but it really comes down to the price !
Take your 2015 Omega Planet Ocean to a Omega dealer and you might get some change out of £1000 if parts are needed. Take your 1965 Omega Speedmaster Professional to a Omega dealer and you can have all sorts of problems if parts are needed. Put simply there are few spare parts left and that dealer is not going to hunt around Ebay for the right parts , the watch needs to go to a specialist and they can charge pretty much what they want especially if new ( rare ) parts are needed
WoWadmin February 15th, 2022
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If you have a RAF watch , a Army watch , a Navy watch or even a special forces watch and would be interested in selling it we would be delighted to hear from you.
You can contact us on WhatsApp 07768316371 and just attach a picture of the from of the watch or use our valuation page below.
What military watches do we buy ?
We specialise in buying all military watches and don’t mind what condition they are in even if not running. You can see from the above image it has been “through the wars ” quite literally !! and as far as we are concerned a bit of wear ads to the authenticity and desirability.
What Brands Are we seeking ?
Intenational Watch Company
What Countries Do We Buy From ?
We buy military watches from all countries around the world as long as they are original . Most Countries buy their military watches from Switzerland although America had a number of watch manufacturers who also supplied to their armed forces
WoWadmin December 28th, 2021
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If you have come across a Eberhard watch and you were wondering what it may be worth, Watches Of Westminster are seeking vintage Eberhard watches and can give you a free valuation on your watch.
HOW DO I SELL MY EBERHARD WATCH
All you need to do is fill out the valuation page below or just WhatsApp us a picture of the front and back of the watch TO 07768316371.
WHERE ARE EBERHARD WATCHES MADE
Vintage Eberhard watches are not very common but Eberhard watches started business in 1887 in the birthplace of the Swiss watchmaking business , La Chaux-de-Fonds by 1907 Eberhard had become one of the largest watch making companies in Switzerland. After the first world war things slowed up for the business as the market for watches was becoming somewhat crowded.
After the second world war production at Eberhard resumed and the firm started to produce some interesting and complicated watches including pocket watches.
This Eberhard System Mod Magini split seconds chronograph is a personal favourite of mine. It was made for the Italian military during WW2 but oddly enough only 10 were made possibly due to the Italian army being in a number of difficult positions !
WoWadmin December 21st, 2021
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Here at Watches Of Westminster We Buy and Sell Vintage Yema Watches. Call us Today for a fast valuation and a speedy sale.
We just need a couple of pictures and will give you a fixed price assuming the watch is as described.
There are many different models of Yema watches but here are some of the models we are after.
How To Proceed ?
We just need a couple of pictures ( one of the front one of the back ) and a brief description ie “running” and we can get straight back to you with a valuation to buy your watch.
You can also send details through via our valuation page
The History Of Yema
Henry Louis Belmont, student of the National Watchmaking School of Besançon and major of his promotion in 1931, created 1948 his own watchmaking company under the name Yema.Henry Louis Belmont, French watchmaker founder of Yema, 1948
In 1963 Yema launches the very first Yema Superman, a watch initially developed for diving professionals.
Many variations were then produced by Yema for this model of French manufacture in order to reach a wider audience, as for example the famous 53.00.16 and its black dial or the 24.11.17 with its blue Iridescent dial and its second hand “Pelle”.
In 1966, the first Yema Yachtingraf is launched, a watch especially designed for sailors. This automatic chronograph (Valjoux movement), waterproof to 200 meters, was very popular among French yachting amateurs in the 1960s and the 1970s.
Six different versions of Yema Yachtingraf model were crafted over the years.
On June 24, 1982, for the first time a French astronaut, Jean-Loup Chrétien, flew from the Baikonour base for a 10-day trip into space. On his wrist he wears the very first French watch to leave for the space: the Yema Spationaute I.
On June 17, 1985, the Discovery shuttle took off with Patrick Baudry and his Yema Spationaute II on mission STS-51G (First Franco-American Orbital Flight).
In May 1986, Yema joined forces with French physician and explorator Jean-Louis Etienne to cross the North Pole. The Yema North Pole watch, created especially for the occasion, accompanied the adventurer during his 800 km solo trip to the North Pole. Very resistant to cold thanks to its titanium case, this model also had a system avoiding the magnetic north. The four cardinal points were determined according to the position of the sun, with the local sun’s time as a reference point.
After 4 years of research & development, Yema designs a new proprietary watch movement: the MBP 1000. Equipped with a bidirectional oscillating mass mounted on ball bearings, they allow a fast reassembly and a power reserve of 40 hours. This resulted in a gain of efficiency but also precision, provided by a regulator whose balance beats at a frequency of 28,800 alternations per hour. Stacking a total of 31 rubies including 2 located at the ends of the axis of the barrel, this technical design effectively reduces the friction generally observed at this element following the mechanical movements.
The mission on which the 10th French astronaut went into the space was called Proxima, in tribute to the nearest star of our sun, which perpetuates the French tradition of baptising the missions of astronauts by the name of a star or a constellation. In 2017, Yema and CNES (the French Space Agency) worked once again together to create a brand new model in honour of this new space mission, the Yema Spacegraf.
WoWadmin December 7th, 2021
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SELL YOUR DOXA !
Do you have a Doxa Diver/ Vintage watch you want to sell and want to know what you can sell it for ?
You can contact us now via Whattsapp on 07768316371 for a super quick valuation offer to buy.
We are really keen to buy your vintage Doxa watch
Here at watches Of Westminster we have recently bought several Doxa watches ( Diver and Chronograph ) and are interested in to buying more .
Doxa are a little known brand but have interesting and substantial history and do have some value even though collectors have not seemed to have picked up on the brand but then thats the vintage watch market .
Capitalising on past glories “Doxa ” have reissued a number of top selling models but whilst very appealing they are simply trying to sell on past glories and its almost badge
HISTORY OF DOXA
In 1953 the Rolex Submariner and Blancpain Fifty Fathoms paved the way for the most covetable of all luxury watch styles: The Dive Watch. Doxa were founded in 1889, by Georges Ducommun in Le Locle, near the Jura Mountains. In 1967 they created, arguably, the most recognisable of this utilitarian style, the sub 300T.
Forced to work at an early age due to having 12 siblings and not much income to the household, Georges started his apprenticeship in 1880 at the age of just 12 years old. His hard working attitude and love for mechanics and precision allowed him to gain respect very quickly. He soon became to realise that he had the aptitude and desire to further the advances of the mechanical movements he was repairing and servicing. With such lofty ambitions at an early age Georges realised that he needed to create a platform that would allow him to fulfil his aspirations of watchmaking. So, at the age of 21, he inaugurated “Georges Ducommun, Fabriques Doxa” in 1889.
Doxa is the Greek word for glory. It is not known why he chose this noun for his new business but I can only surmise that this was what he was, rightfully, seeking for his impressive capabilities. At last Georges’ talents were becoming recognised outside of the Jura region. One of his pocket watches was honoured at the “Exposition Universelle at Internationale” during the World’s Fair in Liege, Belgium in 1905. In 1906 an anti-magnetic Doxa won the gold medal at the World’s Fair in Milan.
In 1908 Georges filed a patent for a robust Doxa 8-Day calibre as he realised the growth of the Automobile Industry, in particular endurance racing. This resilient time keeper became standard equipment in all Bugatti race cars and was soon recognised as the industry standard. Ships and aeroplanes soon followed suit with Doxa becoming ubiquitous in nautical and aviation instrument panels. Georges continued to excel in his aspirations to produce accurate and durable timepieces until his death in 1936. His son-in-law, Jaques Nardin (grandson of Ulysse Nardin), took over and maintained a high level of enduring craftmanship. Radical inventions and innovations were aplenty, including alarm watches, ring watches, a pointer date system and a jumping second hand.
As mentioned above, 1967 was a pivotal year for Doxa when they decided to release their own professional rated Dive Watch. However, this was as good a debut as Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane”. Doxa got it right first time with the assistance of sub-aquatic legend Jaques Cousteau and the US Divers group, for whom he was the chairman.
This conglomerate of horological and deep sea adventurer mindsets were to create the most practical dive watch to date. The Doxa Sub 300T emerged from this perfect unison of aspirations. It was the first dive watch to have an orange dial because it had been realised that this was the most legible colour under water. Along with the black hands, this gave the best contrast. Ironically, Jaques Cousteau chose a black dial, Sharkhunter, SUB300T upon deciding upon utilising the brand for his unparalleled deep sea explorarions. A Cousteau adventurer, Fabien (Grandson of Jacques), did wear the orange dial SUB 300T for his world breaking Mission 31 fete of human endurance and important scientific study, spent in the Aquarius deep sea vessel for 31 days.
The SUB300T was designed with an exclusive rotating bezel that enabled the wearer to calculate decompression times and safe periods between dives. This was also a request of Jacques and the US Diver’s Group. An exclusive saw-tooth edge bezel allowed easy positioning with cumbersome diving gloves on.
In addition to these unique aesthetic aspects the box glass, cushion shaped case and beads of rice bracelet allowed it to become an iconic design.
Believe it or not 1969 Doxa perfected this professional’s wristwatch with a Helium Release Valve. way ahead of omega and Rolex
The Rolex Seadweller is often mistakenly thought to have been the first commercially available watch to incorporate a Helium Escape Valve but not so .
You will need to delve into diving technology to understand the need for a Helium valve but believe it or not Professional Divers when going deep had to breathe a mix of helium and oxygen .
Despite this fact , it took until 1971 for Rolex to offer this technology to the consumer market ( pretty slow but Rolex really were a marketing company selling watches “on trend “
Deep sea divers can spend days at depths often below 200m.
They inhabit diving bells where the pressure is much greater than the surface. To allow for this the divers breath a gas mix that contains helium. Helium molecules are the second smallest known to us.
So small, in fact, that they can find their way into a water resistant watch case. As the diver ascends, the external pressure drops and the helium molecules inside the case expand.
This can cause the glass of the watch to pop out. Hence, the helium release valve which is, effectively, a one way release mechanism which opens a tiny aperture when the pressure inside the watch case reaches 3 bar. An absolute need and similar to avoiding the bends .
Put simply, in the late 1960s and early 1970s you could not get a more technologically advanced dive watch than the Doxa Sub 300T Conquistador it really is a technological masterpiece.
The Quartz Crisis
Like so many quality and creative Swiss brands, the longed lived quartz crisis was the downfall of Doxa in the 1970s.
Thankfully, the Jenny family took ownership of Doxa in 1997.
Special mention must be awarded to watch fan Rick Marei who, as a massive fan of the original SUB300T, had aspirations to re-create it in all its horological and 1970’s styled dive equipment glory.
Through his perserverence the SUB300T was reborn in 2001. As a successful team they were clever enough not to break the mould and continued to produce the SUB300T and variants.
The desire was to make this niche brand a global entity.
America was a particularly strong market for Doxa watches, buoyed, no doubt, by the exponential growth of the recreational dive market and, later, with the inclusion of the screen grabbing design on Mathew McCounaughey’s wrist during his portrayal of Dirk Pitt in the 2005 film Sahara.
Incidentally, Clive Cussler’s most famous character had a SUB300T on his wrist for many years before Sahara and the Jenny/Marei reinvigoration, but most readers simpy thought the wrist watch of the fabricated adventurer was a made up prop. Cussler worked in a dive shop and was gifted a SUB300T by the owner. He was immediately smitten.
We can only look on in envy as these fantastic looking timepieces were being flaunted on the US watch forums.
This was until 2019, when the Doxa brand was made officially available in the UK for the first time.
We at Watches Of Westminster would be keen to see your vintage Doxa watch and make you a great offer for it TODAY. Just send us a few pictures via our valuation page below. Or you can also Whatsapp us on 07768316371 and we will give you a fast response.
WoWadmin December 5th, 2021
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If you want to sell your broken watch we would be very interested in giving you a free valuation today .
CAN I SELL MY BROKEN WATCH FROM HOME ?
YES ! You do not need to leave home , for the right watch we will travel to you or if you are far away we can send you a free postage pack.
We specialise in making the sale of your broken watch as simple as possible.
All we need is 2 decent pictures, one of the front and one of back of the watch just like the pictures below.
We don’t need a description and you can send the pictures via our valuation page linked below
Alternatively you can Whattsapp the pictures to us on 07768316371 or even text the pictures to the same number and we will get straight back to you.
WHICH WATCH BRANDS ARE WORTH REPAIRING ?
There are literally hundreds of vintage watch brands some of which are no longer being made.
Any decent vintage watch is worth repairing if it can be done economically and thats what we try and do.
Every watch has a history and keeping a vintage watch running is preserving that history.
Many are still running such as Rolex, Breitling , Omega , Audemars Piguet , Bulova , Heuer , Panerai , Grana , Gruen , Elgin , Longines , Patek Philippe , Zenith ,IWC , Timor , Record , Buren ,Cyma , Vacheron Constantin , Seiko , Piaget , Jaeger-LeCoultre, Tudor , Bucherer.
ARE BROKEN VINTAGE WATCHES EASY TO REPAIR ?
In theory all watches can be repaired , the problem with vintage watches is that spare parts can be impossible to find or very expensive to buy.
You then have to add the cost of the watchmaker. If you have ever seen
The inside of a vintage watch , some of the parts are so small they look like little specs of dirt !
WHAT IS MY BROKEN VINTAGE WATCH WORTH ?
There is a huge variation in the value of vintage watches and condition especially of the dial is important.
Sometimes a vintage watch just needs a good service , sometimes it is not repairable but can be used for spare parts. To calculate this we would need to see pictures of the watch so please send them to us today !
WoWadmin December 1st, 2021
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Selling anything of value especially a vintage Rolex watch can be a daunting process as it may be the first time you have and probably ever will do so but there are some simples steps you can take .You dont have to leave home you just have to contact Watches Of Westminster about your vintage Rolex watch.
How to sell your vintage Rolex
The best thing to do is get advice from an expert and at watches Of Westminster we specialise in making the whole process simple , friendly and certainly not long winded.
Does it take long ?
We don’t ask you to leave your vintage Rolex watch with us for weeks in fact you dont leave the watch with us at all !
We can value your vintage Rolex watch from a couple of good quality pictures the same day we receive pictures which you can send via email , Whattsapp or even a text message.
Take a look at our valuations page
Which Vintage Rolex Models Do We Buy ?
Whether you are selling a vintage Rolex Datejust , Submariner . Daytona , Explorer , Milgauss , GMT , Cellini , Precision , Oysterdate , Air King , Perpetual , President / Day date , Chronograph ,Sea dweller or one of the many other vintage Rolex models if you have a vintage Rolex watch to sell contact us for friendly advice.
Do I need To Travel ?
Watches Of Westminster do not expect you to travel anywhere , we are happy to travel to you and make payment at your bank by bank transfer , totally risk free.
What If My Vintage Rolex Watch Is Not Running ?
Rolex watches are pretty reliable but if it has been sitting for a long time it may well need a full service to get it running and thats not a problem for us as we service all of our watches when we buy them. Broken or missing parts such as crowns , glasses or even bracelets are not a problem. We love taking on Vintage Rolex Watches that need TLC.
WoWadmin November 30th, 2021
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Watches of Westminster are one of the UK’s Premier vintage watch buyers , we specialise in making selling your vintage watch as easily as possible and totally stress free.
If you are reading this blog your are probably considering the sale of an old / vintage/antique watch.
For many people this is a complicated and nerve wracking experience but selling a vintage watch can be quite simple , you just need to send some decent pictures of your vintage watch ( just one of the front and back ) via our valuation page on this site or even via Whattsapp ( 07768316371- Simon )
Is my watch a vintage watch ??
There are no hard and fast rules on when a watch becomes vintage but the general rule of thumb is around 20 years although I would consider a vintage watch to be at least 30 years old . However certain watch models like the Omega Speedmaster started life in the late 1950’s and are still in production to this day so the watch model could be considered vintage but you could not call a 2018 Omega Speedmaster itself as vintage.
It may well be best to consider the exact watch model rather than when it was made so whilst we only buy vintage watches you will note from my website that there are watches for sale that you may not consider being a vintage watch or a antique watch . The reason is simple in that I buy watches that I like the look of and if they look vintage then I like them !
The watch below is made by Omega and was a special edition for the Montreal Olympics in 1976 !
At the moment I am wearing a 1992 Zodiac GMT which is quartz !. Given that the first quartz/digital came out in the very early 70’s it would be a mistake to say you cant have a quartz/digital vintage watch. The Hewlett Packhard HP01 looks like a modern watch but is in fact 35 years old so definitely a vintage watch
What if my watch is damaged or not running?
The actual condition of vintage watch can actually be enhanced if the vintage watch has some “patina” .
Watch collectors oftentimes prefer a watch that can display signs of its age and that has been worn, especially military watches as this is evidence that the watch was used in active service. Over polishing a watch is likely to lower the value of a watch.
I have seen many watches that have been sent back to the manufacturers for a service and many of the original parts have been renewed and not returned with the watch such as hands and dials. This process ruins the value of the watch and the old parts often get resold !
Often signs of age like a tropical dial ( simply means the dial has lost colour as a result of being in the sun ) or a dial that has been damaged from the radio active effects of the lume can be a benefit to your watch’s possible value . This is simply how the market works. An old watch with a newish looking dial could be a indication of non originality.
A damaged watch that has been badly repaired will lose a lot of value and restored watches are a bit of a no no for collectors. Originality is everything even if the vintage watch looks a bit worn out ,. Its better to have originality over newness or anything else for that matter.
What is considered to be the oldest watch in the world ?
The Pomander watch ( made in Germany ) is credited with being the oldest known watch in the world. There was a specialist panel appointed to determine the age of the watch and they agreed that the watch was manufactured in 1505 by Peter Henlein. Its thought that Peter trained a s locksmith but at some point in his youth he was involved in a fight in which a fellow locksmith was killed. Peter asked to be committed to a asylum which was actually a monastery known for its scientific work. It was during this time he picked up the skill for making clockwork mechanisms.
This is the most famous and most recognizable watch brand in the world. They are also one of the oldest watch brands, ranking in at number 10 on our list. Rolex was founded in London in 1905 and moved to Geneva in 1919. This is a powerful Swiss watch brand that in 2012, posted sales of over $7 billion dollars, and has 2,800 employees. Its famous “crown” logo is known throughout the world.
Yes, Japanese watchmaker, Seiko traces its history to 1882, although it didn’t make its first clock until 1892 and its first watch until 1924. In 1969, Seiko made news by producing the world’s first quartz watch. Today they are actively involved in sports sponsorships which helps keep them ticking.
In 1875, this watchmaker was founded by 23-year-old Jules Louis Audemars and 21-year-old Edward Auguste Piguet. Since then, there have been members of the Audemars and Piquet family involved in the company in some fashion. This longevity has led to a consistency of quality many other brands can only hope to emulate. AP is easily one of the most iconic of the oldest watch brands.
Waltham Watches were produced in Waltham, Massachusetts starting in 1850. The company set up a Swiss affiliate in 1954 that still produces watches today even though the Waltham factory was closed in 1957. The factory building has now been converted into stylish Boston area condos. Abe Lincoln was given a Waltham Watch after his Gettysburg address.
This watchmaker started this high-end watch producing company in 1839. Famous watches produced included the multi-time-zone “Complication” and the extremely intricate “Calibre 89”. Patek Philippe still produces some of the finest watches on the planet and is always an anticipated participant in Baselworld. Moreover, Patek Philippe is super popular and famous among all generations in the modern day. They’ve done a great job at staying superbly relevant for an old watch brand. It’s hard for newer watch brands to compete with this.
Although this family’s foray into watchmaking goes back into the mid-1400’s it wasn’t until 1826 that the company’s name was registered by Julien Gallet. Today, the company produces timepieces that use modern technology and style to keep it ticking along.
Founded by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1775, the company is credited with inventing the first wristwatch in 1810. This is a fact that makes Breguet one of the most special of the oldest watch brands. The company has created pieces owned by Marie Antoinette and Bonaparte. Today, the company is privately owned by the Brown Family, and continues to produce fine watches. [Update, Breguet was acquired by Swatch group in 1999]
Vacheron Constantin is one of the most well run businesses of on this famous oldest watch brand list. It was founded in Geneva in 1755, when Jean-Marc Vacheron, a master watchmaker, began his business. Almost 260 years later, the watchmaker keeps ticking by staying relevant and building world-class quality timepieces. Vacheron is the longest continuously operating watch company in the world.
Favre Leuba watches go all the way back to 1737. This old watch brand stayed in the same family for eight generations. Its troubles began in 1969, when inexpensive quartz watches came on the scene. Classic watches from the company included the Bivouac, a watch with an altimeter, and the Bathy, which was a diving watch. This old watch brand is now being revived.
Blancpain is the OLDEST WATCH BRAND in the world. Founded by Jehan-Jaques Blancpain in 1735, the company built its success by producing a limited amount of watches per year. The company was out of business for a period of time and is now owned by watch giant Swatch.
Thanks to reader Frank, for adding Longines to this list! Now owned by Swatch Group (like luxury jeweler Harry Winston), Longines was founded by Auguste Agassiz in 1832, in Saint-Imier, Switzerland.
Related: Selling Your Old Watch
WoWadmin November 17th, 2021
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We Buy Military Watches Any Condition , Fast Service
There are many makers of military watches and we buy all military watches . The best known brands are Omega , Longines , Jaeger LeCoultre , International Watch Company and Panerai.
Rolex made many models for various military services but are are not famed for their WW2 models in terms of the official army broad arrow used on all watches issued by the British Military.
Hans Wilsdorf however was a full supporter of the Allies during WW2 and often sent military watches to POW’s with clear instructions for them not to pay until their eventual return to freedom. Rolex did however make watches for the special services and here is a link to a very interesting article on the subject.
My main interest is however the watches worn by the general military and most of us have heard of what is now known as the “Dirty Dozen “
The watches ( Buren , Cyma , Eterna , Grana , IWC , JLC ,Lemania , Longines , Omega , Record , Timor and Vertex ) were designed and delivered in 1944 and 1945. The Dirty Dozen watches were created in extremely limited supply to a specific design requirement of the MoD . It is also alleged that there are only around 20 full sets of the Dirty Dozen watches in existence however I suspect there are many more hidden away.
Somewhat less well known but equally important are the ATP military watch .
ATP simply stands for Army Trade Pattern which again was a specification issued by the British army for a standard watch to be issued to all soldiers.
The case sizes were between 30 and 34 mm with a white or silver dial with black numbers as a clear contrast especially in low light conditions.
The dial also featured a sub seconds dial reminiscent of early wrist watch design and a hangover from pocket watches.
A feature of all of these military watches is the fixed lug or bars holding the straps. Military watches need to stay on the wrist in severe conditions and the spring bars on any watch are often the weakest point.
Watches Of Westminster will buy any military watch in any condition.
If you want to sell your military watch simply fill out our watch selling page or simply WhatsApp ( or text ) us some pictures ( front and back ) to 07768316371 and we can give you an immediate valuation.
We specialise in making the whole process of selling your military watch simple fast and easy. We will often be able to travel to you and can pay by bank transfer cash or even part Exchange for one of our stock watches.
WoWadmin October 2nd, 2021
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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 !
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.
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.
My 5th Favourite watch
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 !
WoWadmin May 6th, 2020
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 !
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.
WoWadmin April 24th, 2020
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If you want to sell your watch in London in 24 hours here at watches of Westminster we specialise in fast watch purchasing and selling. If you want to buy a high end watch or sell a vintage watch contact us.
We are a small friendly business who only buy and sell watches . We Can personally deal with each and every customer on a individual basis.
WE KNOW THAT TIME MATTERS !
We generally only buy watches we like so there is always a interesting array of watches for sale like this Breitling Emergency.
We have found time and time again that customers are not happy with the long and formal procedures required by the larger watch buying firms. and are grateful for our personal “to your door” service whether buying or selling.
“Sell Your watch In London in 24 Hours” selling high value watches such as Rolex , Breitling , Omega , Jaeger-LeCoultre not everybody wants to travel into central London for a pre arranged interview on the possibility of selling a watch and feel it can reduce their bargaining power. We always agree values before we set off and as long as your watch is pretty much as described.
Hand delivered in Sept ;
We now endeavour to complete watch purchases within 24 hours . There are some practical limitations to this but 9 times out of ten we can come up with a solution that will have cash in your hand or funds in your bank account within 24 hours of agreeing a figure.
We have often travelled around Europe to deliver and buy watches so distance is not a major problem for example we have just returned from Munich having delivered a very nice limited edition Omega Speedster to a very happy new owner and have recently travelled to Milan , Rotterdam and Poland on similar customer visits.
Having said that a lot of our business is in London and we are always happy to jump on the tube and visit you near your workplace or at home at any reasonable hour of the day even at the weekends.
We also buy watch collections
Take a look at our sales watches , we do not leave sold watches on our site !
and if you have a watch to sell simply follow this link
If you simply want a chat call Simon on 07768 316 371.
WoWadmin March 22nd, 2017
Read this article if you are looking for a watch pawnbroker because ;
Watches of Westminster now offer what is in effect a free loan service.
If you need some short term cash or simply want to sell your watch but not sure about doing so just take us up on our watch buyback service . Its a free service and won’t cost you a penny. Most Pawnbrokers won’t consider vintage watches .We Love Them !
We are a watch pawnbroker with a difference ! You simply send us details of your watch , we agree a price and buy it from you . If in 28 days from the date of purchase you want your watch back you can simply buy it back from us at the same same price . We won’t do anything with it other than put it in our safe. Whilst we will need to meet to see the watch we can post it back to you ,
Visit our valuation page for this service which gives you further information.
We specialise in making the process simple and fast. For the right watch we will even travel to you and can pay cash or bank transfer. You will receive a written receipt / contract which give you the right to buy the watch back for the same price within 28 days.
You may be thinking there is a catch but there isn’t.
Watches Of Westminster buy watches and having sold us your watch on the buyback scheme theres a decent chance you will let us keep it . Cash Converters do the same thing and typically charge £650 on a £2,000 purchase for 28 days. Thats a hell of a profit margin for them but we do not charge it.
Try them here is the link
We run a low overhead business so are happy to offer this free service in exchange for the chance to buy your watch.
That old watch you have had in the drawer could be worth a lot more than you think. Collectors are driving up prices for certain watches but you really need to know your stuff especially when it comes to copy watches.
Maybe you have been left watch collection , trying to sell each watch off is a nightmare. Watches Of Westminster specialise in buying collections even if the watches need work.
If you want to have a chat first just give us a call
WoWadmin February 9th, 2017
Heuer (Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG ) were a long established watch making company founded in 1860 which was then bought by Tag in 1985 and have made some very fine watches.
If you you were thinking ” Sell my Heuer” ( in any condition ) visit us at
Perhaps you have come across an old Heuer online, or possibly at a flea market or sitting in the back of your drawer.
Maybe you were lucky enough to inherit one or receive one as a gift. If any of the above applies to you then you may want to ask yourself the following questions:
There is a big difference between Heuer watches and Tag Heuer watches, Tag Heuer are generally cheaper, battery operated and the lesser choice for investment, we recommend overlooking them in favour of their pre-85 elders. Popular models to look out for are the Autavia, the Monaco, the Carrera, the Monza, the Camaro and the Bundeswehr.
Now, if you wish to sell, you have a number of options including online trading sites like Gumtree and eBay. A downside to these is their tendency to harbour time wasters and scammers (especially Gumtree). This may lead you to a more personal approach such as jewellers or pawn shops. Be warned however, as these establishments are known for giving low prices in exchange for the convenience and speed they offer. Add to the mix big watch exchange businesses in central London famous for testing customer patience and suddenly your options don’t seem so varied.
So, if you wish to combine convenience with a realistic price for your watch, your best bet is small businesses like Watches of Westminster. We are more than happy to come to you, provide same day payments in cash or bank transfer and offer part exchanges from our myriad selection of watches. We are also generally able and willing to do this on evenings and weekends, all of this is to ensure our customers have a quick and easy sale experience.
Furthermore, our valuation and ageing services are of great use to those who wish to sell and we are perfectly happy to explain to you in detail how we have arrived at our valuation. What’s more, if you are looking for a part exchange offer we can bring a selection of the type of watches you may be interested in with us. We also offer state of the art servicing to those who are hesitant to sell their broken Heuer.
Whether you are buying or selling a Heuer or just want your Heuer watch serviced please just get in contact and we can do the rest.
You can call us on 07768316371 or use the contact form of our website
WoWadmin January 4th, 2017
Are you thinking ” I want to sell my vintage watch ”
Do any of the following apply to you ?
If your in a rush visit our valuation page
If any of the above did apply to you then in this article I am going to explain the choices you have if you want to sell your watch for cash, without the hassle of going through the time consuming processes involved with most other watch buying companies, or before trying selling watches yourself.
When looking at selling watches for cash, you’d be hard-pressed to find a city that offers you more choice of watch buyers than London does.
Unfortunately, this vast reservoir of trade buyers poses a problem; where do you begin? Jewellers will ensure you walk away with next to nothing, pawn shops will do the same .
Dealers at flea markets may offer you a little more chance of a profit but that still won’t be enough, especially after waiting around in the cold all day.
If you’re after a more substantial selling price you might go to one of the big businesses which are well advertised on the internet, ( how do they afford such large advertising budgets and plush Mayfair offices ? ) .
Be warned however, as their more realistic offers are matched only by the tedium they create. After you have made initial contact and received an outline offer, ( which will always be below your target price which they ask for ) you then either have to post your luxury watch to them, ( not all people are happy to do this and it does involve expense and hassle ) or you need to make an appointment and travel to their London offices.
Add to this the fact that they’ll charge you to post the watch back to you if it turns out to be a copy and your vast array of choices doesn’t seem so impressive.
If you wish to combine convenience with a realistic price for your luxury or vintage watch, your best bet is small businesses like Watches of Westminster. We are more than happy to come to you, we provide same day payments in cash or bank transfer and offer part exchanges from our myriad selection of vintage and luxury watches. We are also willing to do all this on evenings and weekends , all of this is to ensure our customers have a quick and easy sale experience.
We will buy any watch down to a certain pricing level and are not put off by the condition as long as the watch is repairable.
We are happy to explain to you in detail how we have arrived our valuation of the watch, and if you are looking for a part exchange offer we can bring a selection of the type of luxury watches you may be interested in with us ( If you have not already selected one ).
For the right luxury or vintage watch we are happy to travel, (we collected the Vacheron Constantin below from Poland recently) and meet up at a time to suit you.
The process is very simple and could consist of a simple phone call to us !
As a small business we understand that service to our customers is paramount and we pride ourselves with the fantastic feedback we ask for and get.
WoWadmin December 26th, 2016
In this Article I will deal with the following when you want to value a watch
As the watch buyer at Watches Of Westminster Im afraid to say the valuing of watches is not a precise science most of the time !
The value of items such as watches will with most goods vary on a number of factors some of which can work in reverse for certain watches /models even down to the personal preferences of the valuer.
For example a 50 year old Rolex Submariner will have a much greater value than a 5 year old Submariner IF it is original. A 1 year old Submariner will have more value than a 5 year old Submariner for the same model BUT a 5 year old Submariner with box and papers in unworn condition will have a greater value than a 6 month old worn/scratched submariner with no box or papers.
There are generally 6 prices / values for a watch ( highest first )
There are of course a few variations on these 6 especially when considering the first rule of retailing which is supply and demand which to a certain extent do not apply to vintage watches of any note as the supply is pretty much fixed although it has to be said that Ebay has not done certain watch prices a favour as people realised a few years back when it started . People realised there was a cheap and easy way to sell their old watches and ended up flooding the market hence driving prices down.
All starting to look a bit complicated ? Well I’ll simplify it ( and then complicate it further ).
If you know what watch you have take a look at Ebay or Chrono 24 and you will get a feel for what your watch might sell for in the market ( rarely the asking price ). You will need to make an assessment on its condition , service history and the presence of original box and papers . Deduct the cost of a full service (£200 to £600 ) , the cost of a polish and perhaps a new strap , the cost/risk of a 12 month warranty , the normal overheads for any business and of course VAT ( any reputable watch business will have long passed the turnover threshold for VAT of about 6k a month , thats turnover not profit ) which is taken off any GROSS profit and then Corporation tax which is on nett profit. The complication is that this figure will vary for every watch.
You then might not be too surprised why you are being offered about half of what you thought your watch was worth !
Now the big caveat on all of this is the watch itself. A expensive say 10k watch will not take such a large ( in proportion ) hit as a 1k watch but these same numbers make certain watches simply not worth buying which is why I have now introduced a lower buying limit. Making 100% profit on a £200 watch may sound great but in fact any decent watch firm will be making a loss !
The simplest solution is to simply let Watches Of Westminster give you a purchase value. Theres no obligation to sell and its a free service. We are open pretty much 7 days a week 12 hours a day for online contact although most if not all watches will need a full inspection to determine their true condition and originality.
If you have a watch you want valued just contact us with details of your watch
and we will do the rest or if your really in a hurry just call us on
07768316371 and ask for Simon
Or use our contact form
WoWadmin December 23rd, 2016
If you want to sell your Rolex GMT then here at Watches Of Westminster we love to buy vintage Rolex “tool” watches such as The Rolex GMT Master.
We make the process very quick and simple . A staff member from Watches Of Westminster will also travel to your home to collect the Rolex GMT in person.
The Rolex GMT master came about in 1953 when Pan American Airlines and a airline from Europe ( quite possibly an Italian one ) actually approached Rolex ( who had one of the best reputations for tough accurate watches ) to develop a watch that could tell the time in 2 time zones. The Rolex GMT simply gets its name from Greenwich Mean Time and has been copied many times by other manufacturers.
Aeroplanes were not very sophisticated in those days as they are now and knowing the time in the time Zone you flew from and were flying to was quite important !
The watch with the Pepsi bezel is now an iconic design loved by many including myself ! The 2 below are in my collection !
WHAT ARE THEY WORTH ?
Depends very much on age , dial condition and existence of paperwork and boxes but if you send us some decent pictures of the front and back of the watch plus any boxes or paperwork we can give you a fixed price for the watch the same day
WoWadmin December 7th, 2016
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