Watch specialist Ben Winterton with some of the horological haul.

Lichfield auction’s riveting reveal on what makes a watchmaker tick

A HOROLOGICAL haul dialling into what makes a watchmaker tick is coming under the hammer with Lichfield’s auctioneer on Monday.

Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ Antiques & Home Sale on April 26 includes 45 lots presenting a fascinating insight into the life of a horologist.

The absorbing array features tools for legendary Swiss brands such as Rolex, Omega and Tissot and a huge selection of watch crystals, dials, movements and other components such as cogs, springs and crowns.

Lot 144: A 1960s Rolex Precision.
Lot 144: A 1960s Rolex Precision.

There are also pocket watches and wristwatches including a 1960s Rolex Precision and collectable Omegas such as a Constellation and a 9ct gold model, plus vintage cabinets, watch cleaning machines, a watchmaker’s treadle lathe and official Rolex and Tudor spare parts catalogues.

View the online catalogue here

The collection, accumulated by a late Midlands horologist, dates back more than half a century and is anticipated to realise £3,000.

It goes under the hammer online from The Lichfield Auction Centre on Monday, April 26, as Lots 143 to 189. The auction starts at 9.30am.

Watch specialist Ben Winterton with some of the horological haul.
Watch specialist Ben Winterton with some of the horological haul.

“As a watch enthusiast, I especially enjoyed the time taken to carefully sift through this captivating collection which turns the clock back on the art of watchmaking,” said specialist Ben Winterton.

“It is a fascinating insight into what makes a watchmaker tick.”

Left: Lot 143, an Omega Constellation, and Lot 145, a 9ct gold Omega.
Left: Lot 143, an Omega Constellation, and Lot 145, a 9ct gold Omega.

The wider sale includes more watches and pocket watches as well as jewellery, silver, pictures, ceramics and collectables.

View the catalogue online and link to live bidding via our auction dates page.

Specialist valuations and advice on watches, jewellery and silver are available by appointment only at The Lichfield Auction Centre from 10am-4pm on Thursdays.

Telephone 01543 251081 or email office@richardwinterton.co.uk to book and also to arrange quotations for house clearances and probate  services.

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