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Watches Containing World’s Oldest Rum Sold For £30,000 At Fellows


Fellows Auctioneers sold a limited edition gentleman’s 18ct rose gold ‘Rum’ wrist watch by Speake-Marin during their Watch Sale on Tuesday 30th October for £16,588 (all fees included). The auction house, named the UK’s leading regional auctioneer by the Antiques Trade Gazette in early 2018, also sold a titanium ‘Rum’ watch for a total of £14,674 back in July 2018. The watches combined sold for £31,262. The watches contain 1780 Harewood Rum on the 11 hour mark, which was certified by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest. Only 59 of these watches were ever made, 10 in rose gold and 49 in titanium.

Gold rum watch

The rose gold “Rum” watch by Speake-Marin

Wealth Solutions acquired bottles of the prestigious rum in 2011. They had been found in an old cellar in the Harewood Estate near Leeds. They began the Rum watch project with Speake-Marin and decided to produce 59 watches containing the droplets. There were 49 in titanium and only 10 in rose gold.


Michael Jagiela, Watch Specialist at Fellows Auctioneers, said:

“We are thrilled to have sold two of these fascinating watches this year. Speake-Marin create the most amazing watches and it is no surprise that there was a lot of interest. The fact there were only 59 ever made and we have sold two of them is a privilege. They both sold for way above their estimates and the buyers of these watches have got themselves a stunning timepiece.”