Rare Watch Valuation

Watch Valuations, Auctions & Sales

Watches have long been admired as not only functional objects but also works of art. They are intricate mechanisms that can be passed down through generations, each one telling a unique story. Watches are collected for their beauty, rarity, and technical mastery, and their value can increase significantly over time.

However, navigating the world of collectable watches can be challenging, and understanding the intricacies of the market is essential. This article will introduce you to the world of antique, vintage, and modern collectable watches, including watch valuations and tips for collecting different types of watches.

Types of Collectable Watches

Halls fine art auctioneers and valuers offer an introduction to the world of collectable watches witch can be broadly categorised into three types: antique, vintage, and modern. Antique watches are those that are over 100 years old, vintage watches are those made between 20 and 100 years ago, and modern watches are those made within the last 20 years.

Watch collectors either acquire, preserve and appreciate timepieces as a hobby or as an investment and the watch collecting community is active both online and offline, with events, forums, and magazines dedicated to the market. Collectable watches can range from vintage pocket watches to modern, luxury, designer wristwatches, with a variety of styles, materials, and mechanisms to choose from.

  • Antique Watches - Antique watches are often characterized by their intricate designs and fine craftsmanship. They were typically made by hand, which makes them more valuable and unique than mass-produced watches. Antique watches often feature elaborate engravings, complex movements, and precious materials such as gold and diamonds. Some of the most well-known antique watch brands include Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, and Breguet.
  • Vintage Watches - Vintage watches are popular among collectors for their history and unique design. These watches are often more affordable than their antique counterparts, making them more accessible to a wider range of collectors. Vintage watches can be categorized into several subcategories, including dress watches, military watches, and chronographs. Some of the most popular vintage watch brands include Rolex, Omega, and Longines.
  • Modern Watches - Modern watches are those that have been made within the last 20 years. They are often characterized by their technical advancements and innovative designs. Modern watch brands such as Audemars Piguet, Richard Mille, and Hublot are popular among collectors for their cutting-edge designs and precision.

Watch Valuations & Appraisals

The value of a collectable watch is determined by several factors, including its age, rarity, condition, and provenance. A watch's value can fluctuate depending on market trends, and the price can be affected by the number of similar watches available on the market.

When valuing a collectable watch, a professional valuer will consider the following:

  • Condition: The condition of the watch is critical when valuing it. A watch in excellent condition will be worth more than a watch in poor condition.
  • Rarity: The rarer a watch, the more valuable it is likely to be. A limited edition or a watch with a unique feature or design will often command a higher price.
  • Provenance: A watch's history can significantly affect its value. If a watch has an interesting story or was owned by a famous person, it may be worth more than a similar watch without a history.
  • Age: The age of a watch is an essential factor when determining its value. Antique watches are often more valuable than vintage or modern watches.
  • Brand: The brand of a watch can also influence its value. Well-known luxury watch brands, such as Rolex and Patek Philippe, are generally worth more than lesser-known brands.

Tips for Collecting Watches

Watch collectors may focus on a specific brand, time period, type of movement, or rarity of the watch. The value of a watch is often determined by its condition, history, and provenance, as well as market demand. 

Collecting watches can be a rewarding hobby, but it can also be challenging. Here are some tips for collecting different types of watches:

10 Collectable Famous Watch Designers:

  • Patek Philippe - Known for their elegant designs, complicated movements, and long-standing history of watchmaking excellence.
  • Rolex - Famous for their sporty and rugged designs, as well as their precision and durability.
  • Audemars Piguet - Known for their avant-garde designs and unique use of materials.
  • Breguet - Known for their elegant designs and innovative technical features, such as the tourbillon movement.
  • Omega - Famous for their association with NASA and the iconic Omega Speedmaster watch worn by astronauts.
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre - Known for their technical innovations and intricate complications, such as the Reverso watch with a swiveling case.
  • Vacheron Constantin - One of the oldest watchmakers in the world, known for their elegant and refined designs.
  • Cartier - Famous for their luxury jewelry and watches, including the iconic Tank watch.
  • IWC - Known for their aviation-inspired designs and precision engineering.
  • Breitling - Famous for their precision and accuracy, as well as their association with aviation and diving.

Invitation to Enter Rare Watches in Our Upcoming Auction

As professional valuers of valuable watches, we would like to invite you to consider entering your rare watches in our upcoming auction. Our rare watch auctions attract buyers from all over the world who are passionate about collectable watches and are willing to pay top prices for exceptional pieces. Our experienced team of experts will provide a free valuation of your watch and guide you through the selling process, ensuring that you achieve the best possible price for your timepiece.


Collecting watches can be a fascinating and rewarding hobby, but it's essential to have an understanding of the different types of watches, how they are valued, and what to look for when making a purchase. Whether you are interested in antique, vintage, or modern watches, there are countless options to choose from, each with its own unique features and history. If you are interested in selling your rare watches, our upcoming auction is the perfect opportunity to connect with passionate collectors from all over the world and achieve top prices for your timepiece.

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Alexander Clement, BA(Hons), ASFAV

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Upcoming Rare Watch Auctions

If you have a single antique watch or collection of rare watches that you are considering selling, we would like to invite you to enter your pieces into our upcoming auction.

Our auction attracts buyers from all over the world, and we have a team of experienced valuers who can help you determine the value of your items.

We offer a personalized service to all our clients, and we will work with you to ensure that your items are presented in the best possible way. We offer free auction advice and estimates, without obligation, to help you decide whether or not to sell at auction.

If you are interested in entering your watch into our auction, please contact us to arrange a valuation.