Gold watch with horse rac­ing his­tory

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Art & Antiques -

Since the fi­nan­cial crash of 2008, cer­tain things have gone up greatly in value. One of them has been qual­ity watches. Busby Fine Watch Auc­tions, is coming to this mar­ket with a team of watch en­thu­si­asts who un­der­stand watches and watch col­lec­tors.

This knowl­edge will help bet­ter ad­vise sell­ers and buy­ers on the value of their items. Not only that, but it gives watch col­lec­tors a lo­cal Dorset-based spe­cial­ist they can visit with­out hav­ing to go to London.

On Thurs­day, Busby Fine Watches will be hold­ing their first auc­tion.

Build­ing on sell­ing a rare Rolex Ex­plorer 1 on an orig­i­nal riv­eted bracelet for £12,500, back in March, Busby has gath­ered a col­lec­tion of in­ter­est­ing and col­lectable watches for the forth­com­ing auc­tion.

Some of the high­lights in­clude an­other rare Rolex, this be­ing an AirKing 5504 Jumbo on an orig­i­nal bracelet.

There is a Rolex 6503 from the 1950s, also known as a Sead­weller.

For the Omega fans there is a se­lec­tion of Con­stel­la­tions and Sea­mas­ters, in­clud­ing a rare Sea­mas­ter chrono­graph from the 1960s which has the fa­mous 321 cal­i­bre move­ment as used in the Omega Moon watch.

There is also a Speed­mas­ter Mk 4 ½ and Speed­mas­ter Mk V both with box and pa­pers.

The auc­tion also fea­tures a watch which is a unique piece of Aus­tralian horse rac­ing his­tory. The Swiss-made gold watch was pre­sented in 1919 to Arthur V Kewney who, at the time, was sec­re­tary of the Kal­go­or­lie Turf Club.

Kewney went on to be­come sec­re­tary of the Vic­to­ria Rac­ing Club where he served from 1925 to 1946. To­day Flem­ing­ton Race­course, the home of the Mel­bourne cup still has a race in his name.

The cat­a­logue is now on line at www.busby.co.uk

The auc­tion is be­ing held on the morn­ing of Thurs­day, Novem­ber 15. For de­tails call 01308 420100.

Swiss made gold pre­sen­ta­tion watch; Rolex Oys­ter Per­pet­ual watch

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