The pocket watch – the pre-wristwatch timepiece with a history that stretches to over four centuries – is the subject of a major comeback. And lets be honest, what says fashion statement more than a beautiful pocket watch.
The contemporary generation of vintage lovers have embraced the humble pocket watch. Dapper attire, once thought as important as proper grooming or a firm handshake, has fallen out of favour in recent years. However, an increasing number of men are returning to the classic sharp three piece suit, herringbone tweed jacket and polished brogues. The pocket watch is the perfect accessory for this look; the chain or fob attached to a jacket lapel provides an interesting contract to a suit that is attention grabbing, but not ostentatious.
Hit BBC drama Peaky Blinders may be known for its gruesome violence and hard-hitting storylines, but Thomas Shelby and the rest of the gang are also fast becoming style icons. The Peaky Blinders were known for their herringbone tweed three piece suits, long black overcoats, iconic flat caps, and, of course, the occasional pocket watch.
Although shopping for a genuine 19th century pocket watch may seem like a daunting prospect, auction houses such as Fellows offer a wealth of historical and stylish examples. Fellows’ auction of Pocket Watches & Accessories offers a range of pieces to suit every style and wallet. For classic gentlemanly style, try Lot 3, an open face 18ct gold repeater with a dedication to the original owner engraved on the case back. Estimated at £3,000 – £4,000, it is an investment that can be passed onto to future generations.
Lot 56 is perfect those looking for a more ornate design. This open face pocket watch, by prestigious makers L. H. Samuel & Co of Liverpool, is perfect for special occasions. Estimated at £800 – £1,200, it would be a wonderful memento for a groom on his wedding day.
However, pocket watches are not restricted to the gentlemen. Fellows’ auction will feature a selection of delicate enamelled watches, which are a beautiful alternative to a wrist watch when worn from the neck on a chain. Lot 36 is an especially elegant example, with its split pearl decoration and burgundy enamelled case back. Lot 154 is another classic gold piece, with the enamelled floral decoration to the rear adding a subtle feminine touch.
All of the pocket watches featured will be offered for sale at Fellows’ auction of Pocket Watches & Accessories on Monday 24th November from 10am. Placing a bid couldn’t be easier; simply visit fellows.co.uk, or call 0212 212 2131, to leave a commission bid or arrange for a telephone bid on the day of the auction. There has never been a better time to invest in a pocket watch – it is the perfect accessory for your dapper three piece suit, with a classic, elegant design that guarantees enduring popularity for generations yet to come. Clothing kindly supplied by clementsandchurch.co.uk.