Are Watches Worth the Time of Day? Our Watch Specialist Laura Warrilow Certainly Thinks so...

Recent years have seen a steady increase in watch sales in both the first and secondhand markets, and it is showing no sign of slowing down as it is one investment set on a long-lasting trend to continue appreciating. The combination of high metal prices, brand price increases and heightened awareness of the value of antiques has created a continuous flow of high quality timepieces running through our saleroom.

The quality of these items has certainly not gone unnoticed by the public. In the last year we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of bidders registering for our auctions, whether in person, on the phone or by using the live internet bidding facility hosted by

Buying at auction has become more popular as it provides people a chance to adorn their wrists with exquisite watches that they might not have been able to afford firsthand. It also acts as a central location allowing the novice and collector alike, the opportunity to locate rare and vintage timepieces.

When buying a pre-owned or vintage timepiece, there are a few cautions that one must exercise before the final purchase. It is important to look at the condition of the watch by looking out for signs of corrosion or scratches, but it is equally important to look at the movement to see whether it is functioning correctly. Buying at a Fellows auction considerably eases this process as the trained eyes of our watch specialists inspect the watches and provide detailed descriptions, condition reports and multiple images which are available to view online. This allows the buyer to obtain a great deal of first hand information about the watches they are interested in. We also hold viewing days prior to the sales where time can be taken to look at the watches in detail. There is also the opportunity to speak to our specialists who are on hand to offer advice and answer any queries.