Gardiner Houlgate

The Clocks Department

Having evolved over the past thirty years, Gardiner Houlgate is now firmly established as the premier auctioneers of horology with the sales forming an important part of the international clock calendar.

We stage two-day sales three times a year which include Fine Clocks on day one, followed by Affordable Clocks & Miscellaneous Horology on day two. In recent years some fine collections and timepieces have been sold.

Specialist sections include longcase clocks, wall dials and Vienna regulators, mantel and bracket clocks, carriage clocks, barometers, books, clock makers tools, music boxes. There is also a dedicated section for electric and industrial clocks – in fact everything of horological interest.

Please contact Jamie South if your interest is in buying or selling clocks or related items jamie.south at 

Forthcoming Sales

Thursday 22nd February 2024Fine Clocks & Related ItemsEntry Deadline – 26th January 2024
Thursday 23rd May 2024Fine ClocksEntry Deadline – 26th April 2024
Friday 24th May 2024Fine Clocks & Related ItemsEntry Deadline – 26th April 2024

The Watch Department

The Watch Department benefits from a thriving international market, with annual hammer sales totalling in excess of a million pounds. Some quite exceptional prices have been achieved, most notably for several 1960s Rolex 5512/5513 ‘369’ Submariner wristwatches, the highest price currently a staggering £217,000, selling to a Hong Kong based client.

These specialist sales are held three times a year, with additional watches often included in other sales throughout the year. For the latest sale updates please subscribe to receive our free watch sale newsletters.

Wristwatches in each sale offer some fine vintage, Military and quality modern timepieces always including the well regarded and famous manufacturers such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron, Omega, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Breitling, Panerai, Zenith, Audemars Piguet, Tag Heuer, Longines and many others.

Pocket Watches are always well represented principally dating from the 17th century to the early 20th century, with many silver and gold examples including chronometers, repeaters, verge, cylinder, duplex and other complicated movements. This section often sells out with high demand.

Watchmaker’s Workshop – This section is principally unreserved and includes mixed lots of watches for repair, watch stands, watch parts, books, watch glasses, straps and most things that tick or sometimes not!

For further information please contact David Hare David.hare at or Joby Hobbs joby.hobbs at

Forthcoming Sales

Tuesday 20th February 2024The Watch Auction – Day OneEntry Deadline – 26th January 2024
Wednesday 21st February 2024The Watch Auction – Day TwoEntry Deadline – 26th January 2024
Wednesday 20th March 2024WatchesEntry Deadline – 23rd February 2024
Tuesday 21st May 2024The Watch Auction – Day OneEntry Deadline – 26th April 2024
Wednesday 22nd May 2024The Watch Auction – Day TwoEntry Deadline – 26th April 2024
Wednesday 26th June 2024WatchesEntry Deadline – 31st May 2024