BIRMINGHAM, UK – Fellows’ Watch Sale showcases both vintage and modern timepieces. For this month’s sale, On Tuesday, Oct. 27, the emphasis is definitely on the modern, with contemporary and current models from Rolex, Piaget, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC offered alongside more accessible brands such as Raymond Weil, Ball, Hamilton, and Baume & Mercier. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.
Some of these are even boxed and in “as new” condition.
Vintage watches are still present with examples from Omega and Rolex together with Tudors Longines and interesting military pieces.
Who would have thought that this unassuming trench watch would have such a remarkable history?
Lt. Col. Hignett commanded a top-secret intelligence and communication regiment during World War II called “Phantom,” taking part in operations in North Africa and Northern Europe alongside the Hollywood actor David Niven.
Gifted by King Edward VIII (then Prince of Wales) for Hignett’s service as his equerry, prospective buyers can forgive the few cracks to the enamel on this timepiece; after all it does have an extraordinary history. Made in 1912, the inscription to the back of the watch reads “Y.R.H” with a representation of the Prince of Wales feathers, and to the cuvette the name “J.D. HIGNETT, 10th Hussars.”
In tribute to its previous owner, the watch has come out from under the radar with an estimate of £200-£300 and will be auctioned in Fellows’ Watch Sale as lot 484.