This reference 1815 UP/DOWN model by esteemed German watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne features the firm’s characteristic power-reserve indicator.

Time flies! Watches exceed £35,000 at Lichfield auction

COLLECTIONS of watches have sold for in excess of £35,000 at a Staffordshire auction.

Dozens of vintage, luxury, prestige, niche and retro timepieces went under the hammer with Richard Winterton Auctioneers at The Lichfield Auction Centre on Monday, August 14.

They included collections of wristwatches from Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield, with highlights ranging from a reference 221.021 1815 UP/DOWN model by A. Lange & Söhne selling at £10,500, pictured, to a vintage Omega Seamaster chronograph, selling at £2,500.

A ‘racing red’ Michael Schumacher special edition Omega Speedmaster in the Tamworth collection sold at £2,000 and a Breguet Classique wristwatch from the Sutton Coldfield client made £4,400.

Left 1970s Aquastar Regate wristwatch with regatta countdown timer sold £700 Right Omega Seamaster chronograph sold £2,500
Left: This 1970s Aquastar Regate wristwatch with regatta countdown timer sold for £700. Right: The vintage Omega Seamaster chronograph which sold at £2,500.

Further highlights included an IWC Schaffhausen Mark XII, sold at £2,900, and a Glashütte Original, sold at £2,800.

Other collector’s timepieces included a 1970s Aquastar Regate regatta watch with a countdown timer selling at £700 and a vintage Omega LED ‘time computer’, sold at £420.

Breguet Classique watch sold £4,400
Sold £4,400: A Breguet Classique wristwatch.

The sale also featured models by Hamilton, Tag Heuer, Tudor, Oris, Seiko and Zenith.

Watch specialist Ben Winterton said: “This auction really chimed with watch connoisseurs from all over the world, with hundreds watching the lots online and placing early bids before the sale got underway.

IWC Schaffhausen Mark XII wristwatch sold £2,900
Sold £2,900: An IWC Schaffhausen Mark XII.

“The live auction saw a huge amount of interest from people online, in the room and bidding over the telephone, with some fantastic hammer prices achieved for our clients.

“Ranging from a detailed assembly of niche and unusual timepieces to a collection of stunning prestige luxury watches, the sale featured pieces from a handful of private watch collections totalling in excess of £35,000.”

Glashütte Original wristwatch sold £2,800
Sold £2,800: A Glashütte Original.

Appointments for free watch valuations and advice with Ben Winterton are available to book at The Lichfield Auction Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley Park, and The Tamworth Auction Centre in Church Street.

For all watches enquiries, email or telephone 01543 251081. Free home visits are also available for large collections and house clearance quotations.

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