My collection

These are links to the antique watches in my collection. I collect Swiss and English pocket watches and trench watches. Typically, I buy the watch and admire it for a while. I will wear it to a few events and then sell it to fund my next purchase. It keeps my collection ticking over, keeps the costs down and allows someone else to enjoy an antique watch.

Dimier Freres & Cie pocket watch, 1919

This antique Dimier Freres & Cie pocket watch, 1919 contains a good quality 15-jewel movement. Dimier Freres & Cie were watch importers. The movement in this watch is likely to be from Revue Thommen, the case is from The Dennison Watch Case Company.

Satisfaction pocket watch, c1910

This antique Satisfaction pocket watch was made by L. Tièche-Gammeter (LTG) between 1909 and 1917. It has a good quality 15-jewel movement and comes in a Dennison Star case of rolled gold.

Link to Satisfaction pocket watch, c1910.

James Walker silver hunter pocket watch, 1920

This antique pocket watch was retailed by James Walker of London. The quality 15-jewel movement was made by H. Williamson.

Link to James Walker silver hunter pocket watch, 1920.

Antique 19 jewel Limit pocket watch c1910

This antique Limit pocket watch was made by Hirst Brothers, c1910. It has a gold-plated case and has a high-quality 19-jewel movement.

Link to Limit pocket watch, c1910.
Limit pocket watch, c1910.

Antique Zenith pocket watch, 1915

This antique pocket watch was made by the iconic Swiss manufacturer, Zenith. It has a Zenith 15-jewel 19.5”’ movement. It is a very presentable and practical timepiece.

Link to Zenith pocket watch, 1915.
Zenith pocket watch, 1915.

Coventry Astral pocket watch from H Williamson, 1912

This antique pocket watch was manufactured and finished by the noted English watchmaker H Williamson Ltd. It is presentable and practical. It has a good quality, English made, Swiss movement with 16 jewels.

Link to Coventry Astral pocket watch, 1912.
Coventry Astral dial

J.G. Graves The Express English Lever Silver Pocket Watch, 1898

This antique pocket watch comes from a noted retailer and a respected English manufacturer. It is a very presentable timepiece and is accurate enough for practical use. In its day this would have been an ordinary worker’s watch, rugged and reliable.

Link to J.G Graves pocket watch, 1898.
The Express English Lever pocket watch

Longines silver pocket watch for Camerer Kuss & Co, 1914

This is a superbly presented silver antique pocket watch. The dial and case are crisp and clean. The watch has a Longines movement and keeps very accurate time to within one minute per day.

Link to Camerer Kuss pocket watch, 1914.
Longines silver pocket watch for Camerer Kuss & Co.

Criterion full hunter cased pocket watch. c1910

This is my first hunter cased antique pocket watch. It is a Swiss-made movement with 15 jewels and comes in a rolled gold Dennison case. It’s a presentable and reliable timekeeper, accurate to within one minute per day.

Link to Criterion full hunter pocket watch, c1910.
Criterion hunter cased pocket watch, c1910

Sir John Bennett open-faced pocket watch in rose gold, 1920.

This was my first antique pocket watch. A very presentable and reliable open-faced pocket watch from Sir John Bennett. The case is 9ct rose gold and in good condition. It has a Swiss Made movement with 15 jewels and keeps accurate time, within two minutes per day.

Swiss made gentlemen’s silver trench watch, 1917.

This was the first antique trench watch that I added to my collection. The silver case is in good condition, considering its age. It keeps good time over the course of a day, within a couple of minutes. It is missing the luminescent paint from the hands and the dial, but this is not unusual for an original piece.

Link to Swiss made silver trench watch, 1917.
Trench Watch 1917.

Antique J W Benson silver fusee pocket watch, 1883.

Every antique pocket watch collection needs a J W Benson. This is my first. It has a fusee movement, the case is sterling silver and is in great condition for an antique timepiece. It’s very accurate for its age and remains a very useable timepiece.

Link to J W Benson silver fusee pocket watch, 1883.
J W Benson silver fusse pocket watch.

Fonetainemelon silver trench watch, 1914

This is one of my favourites. The dial and lens are in such good condition, it looks almost new. It also keeps great time and is probably the antique watch I wear most often. It’s a small size and easily passes as a modern dress watch. The only downside is that my wife keeps on asking if she can wear it. The answer has always been a firm no.

Link to Fonetainemelon silver trench watch, 1914.
Fonetainemelon silver trench watch, 1914.

English Lever pocket watch, R Kaiser, York, 1896.

This is a reliable and very presentable English antique pocket watch. I wear it, on rotation, with my other antique pocket watches, whenever there is an occasion that requires wearing a waistcoat. It’s a reliable timekeeper over the course of a business day.

Link to English Lever pocket watch, R Kaiser, York, 1896.
1896 English Lever pocket watch.

Preferred suppliers

The suppliers listed below have been used by Time Worn Watches and are recommended as reliable retailers with a record of great service.

Atlam watches is run by Bettina Skogland–Kirk. They have been market leaders in antique and vintage pocket watches for over 30 years and have one of the largest stocks of pocket watches in the UK. They are based in Portobello Road, London. You can read about my visit to their store here. Due to Covid, please contact the store before visiting.

The Vintage Wrist Watch Company is an online specialist and retailer of antique wristwatches and pocket watches. Their stock is from well-known manufacturers such as Omega and Tissot and also pieces from the smaller Swiss factories.

RomanDial Watches offers various types of pocket watches, which are serviced and restored to their original condition. They offer attentive customer support as they recognise the need for providing a knowledge base for both first-time buyers as well as experienced collectors.

The Vintage Watch Room London are retailers of antique and vintage 20th Century watches that are both affordable and stylish. My particular interest is in the selection of World War 1 era trench watches. You can read about our experience with the Vintage Watch Room here.