Discover the history of watch forgeries at Fellows webinar

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The webinar will be conducted by Rebecca Struthers, the first person to be awarded a doctorate in the field of horology in the UK. Andy Pilsbury image, courtesy of Fellows

BIRMINGHAM, UK – Fellows Auctioneers is set to host another fascinating talk, this time about watch fakes and forgeries. Through the examination of surviving examples, watchmaker Rebecca Struthers will explore how the Swiss industry as we know it today emerged over 250 years ago out of the market for spuriously signed ‘English’ watches.

Struthers, the first person to be awarded a doctorate in the field of horology in the UK, will lead the talk which is expected to attract viewers from the world of watches and beyond. The webinar, priced at £5, will take place on Wednesday, July 8.

Following multiple impressive webinars about forensic jewelry and British Architecture at Fellows, Rebecca Struthers’ watch talk will give a brilliant insight into the industry, ahead of two watch auctions at the family-owned business in the coming months. Dr Struthers co-founded Struthers Watchmakers in 2012 with her husband and fellow horologist Craig and, in 2017, became the first watchmaker in British history to earn a Ph.D. in the field of horology. Her work has earned international acclaim and recognition resulting in her recent book deal to write a history of horology.

Dr. Struthers said, “I’m really looking forward to talking about the history of watch forgeries, which date back to the 18th century. I discovered watchmaking by accident while I was training as a jeweler and silversmith. I’ve always had an equal passion for the arts and the sciences and felt drawn between the two. This webinar is about the democratization of time, how that was achieved through making cheap knock-off watches, and how that industry grew and evolved over the years to become the most successful watchmaking center of the 20th century.”

For details contact Liam Bolland at Fellows at 0121 212 6311, or email