A stainless steel British Military Omega Royal Air Force pilot’s wristwatch, circa 1953. Reference 2777, calibre 283. Lot 121 est. £1,400-£1,800 Lot 121: A British Military Omega RAF pilot’s wristwatch.

Omega RAF pilot’s watch flies at Lichfield auction as Brandeis oils sell for thousands

A BRITISH Military wristwatch had bidders reaching for the skies in a Lichfield auction.

The stainless steel Omega RAF pilot’s watch, dating back to 1953, went under the hammer on Day One of Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ Two Day Antiques & Home Sale on Monday and Tuesday, May 24-25 for £2,000.

Identified at a recent valuation at The Lichfield Auction Centre, the 37mm Swiss timepiece, calibre 283, was made under strict specifications from the British MOD with a 17 jewelled movement and bears the broad ‘crow’s foot’ arrow marking of the British Military.

A stainless steel British Military Omega Royal Air Force pilot’s wristwatch, circa 1953. Reference 2777, calibre 283. Lot 121 est. £1,400-£1,800 The Royal Air Force Omega watch was made under strict specifications from the British MOD.
The Royal Air Force Omega watch was made under strict specifications from the British MOD.

The Monday sale also saw two oil paintings by respected Czech artist Antonietta Brandeis go under the hammer for £8,400.

Lot 549, ‘Grand Canal, Venice’, sold for £4,600 and Lot 550, ‘The Fountain, Rome’, made £3,800.

Lot 549: ‘Grand Canal, Venice' by Antonietta Brandeis.
Lot 549: ‘Grand Canal, Venice’ by Antonietta Brandeis.

An oil by Henry Garland, ‘Crossing A Ford, Argyleshire’, sold for £1,400.

Contemporary art included oils by Fabian Perez, Duncan MacGregor and Lucy Young, selling at £4,000, £1,200 and £1,100 respectively.

“The quality and talent of artists always takes my breath away,” said auctioneer Richard Winterton.

Lot 550: ‘The Fountain, Rome’ by Antonietta Brandeis.
Lot 550: ‘The Fountain, Rome’ by Antonietta Brandeis.

Other highlights of the sale included a Nikon D850 full frame 45.7 megapixel camera selling for £1,300 and a 2014 BMW 320D Luxury four door saloon car, which made £5,600.

A 2014 BMW 320D luxury four door saloon car with full black leather interior, 1995cc diesel engine and six speed manual gearbox. Est. £4,000-£5,000. Lot 1001: A BMW 320D four door saloon.
Lot 1001: A BMW 320D four door saloon.

The car started off Day Two leading into the furniture section which achieved a remarkable 98.2 per cent selling rate.

Two Day Antiques & Home Sales take place every other Monday and Tuesday, starting at 9.30am each day.

Each sale has its own dedicated digital catalogue, which can be viewed at www.richardwinterton.co.uk/auction-dates.

In-person valuations for jewellery, watches, silver, antiques and collectables at The Lichfield Auction Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley Park, WS13 8NF, are available strictly by appointment only between 9.30am-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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