The Vintage Watch Company specialises in Rolex wristwatches from 1910-1970, with a collection that spans over 1,000 pieces. Owner David Silver is a global authority on vintage Rolexes, and each timepiece is sensitively restored in-house at the company’s state-of-the-art workshop by a Rolex-trained watchmaker.
The company has particular expertise in Rolex sports watches, which date from 1950 onwards, and the history of each design is captivating. Look out for the first Submariner (later coined the James Bond) or the GMT Master, which was made for Pan Am’s transatlantic pilots.
Somlo Antiques is London’s leading dealer of antique pocket watches and vintage wristwatches, with a collection that spans early 16th Century pre-balance spring watches, fine quality enamels, complicated repeaters and Art Deco cocktail watches.
Somlo’s Burlington Arcade store also serves as the world’s first and only Omega Vintage Boutique, carrying vintage jewellery watches, wristwatches and pocket watches, each sold with a two-year Omega Vintage guarantee and certificate of authenticity. It also offers repairs and restoration services for timepieces made before 1970.
A specialist in pre-owned fine Swiss watches, Armour-Winston was established in 1953 and has been owned and run by the same family for three generations. The company buys and sells brands including Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Panerai, as well as a selection of fine jewellery.
The knowledgeable team is also skilled in sourcing hard-to-find, second-hand timepieces.
Swiss watchmaker Bell & Ross draws inspiration from the history of aviation and the military specifications that accompany it. The company, whose shareholders include Chanel, works with astronauts, pilots, bomb disposal experts and divers to analyse the demands of extreme events.
The result is a collection of high-performance timepieces that deliver on function as well as covetable form – collaborations with streetwear brands like A Bathing Ape keep it firmly at the top of the style agenda.
The Burlington Arcade boutique is designed in the style of a private flying club with a VIP area on the first floor and sells exclusive pieces.
Proudly taking residence in the exclusive address, Grand Seiko is bringing its unique Japanese style to the quintessentially British retail destination.
The new location, coupled with the Knightsbridge boutique, continues the brand’s growth outside of Japan – developing its reputation from a once well-kept watch enthusiasts’ secret to a wider audience.
The purpose of a timepiece is exquisitely simple; to measure the passage of time. The art of watchmaking, however, is to measure time with precision that will endure – a challenge the brand has relished since the first Grand Seiko in 1960. For half a century, we have quietly made by hand some of the most precise watches the world has ever known.
Luxury watchbroker David Duggan has been a leading specialist in high-quality pre-owned timepieces for over 35 years. The Burlington Arcade showroom carries watches by Rolex, Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre among others.
Every member of the team began their career with leading Swiss watchmakers, and their combined 150 years’ experience is evident in their impeccable levels of knowledge and service. The company is a member of the British Horological Institute, an associate member of Sotheby’s and an Approved Rolex Service Centre.