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Discover 500 years of timekeeping

It’s not often you get to look at watches from the private collection of master watchmakers Maison Vacheron Constantin. From 27th October to 13th December a selection of 12 rarely seen historic timepieces are on display at the History of Science Museum in Oxford.

Anniversary Celebrations for Steven Hale Watch Repairs

September is a big month for many of us, signalling the end of summer / back to school – and for the team at Steven Hale Watch Repairs it marks our anniversary. This week we celebrate a landmark 15 years!

Antiques Roadshow Unearths Rolex Submariner Comex

In an episode of Antiques Roadshow first aired Jan 2019, a retired diver brought in a couple of his old watches. But they weren’t just any old watches…The valuer, Richard Price, could hardly hold back his enthusiasm to be holding not just one, but two Rolex Submariners, complete with documentation and receipts.

Record Prices Achieved for Vintage Rolex Watches

The world’s premier auctioneers of modern and vintage timepieces, Antiquorum, set three new world records at a recent auction. Held online on June 28th the auction had been delayed due to the pandemic.

Rolex watch sells for thirty times its estimate

Rolex watches are renowned for their durability, resilience and toughness – which is just as well, because in October 2017, a rare model that had survived a fall into a cement mixer sold for around thirty times its estimate of £7,000 to £8,000.

Paul Newman's watch goes to auction

I can only say that, in my opinion, the holy grail of vintage watches recently sold at auction at Philips in New York – for a jaw-dropping $18 million. This watch was first worn by Paul Newman in the movie ‘Winning’; thereafter, it became known as ‘the Paul Newman Daytona’.

What our customers had to say

"My great grand-father's Breguet was given to me by my father for my 21st birthday. 30 years later, post restoration by SHWR, it is in far better shape than I have ever seen it. SHWR's craftsmanship is immaculate. The firm is polite, professional and honest. Outstanding - I cannot recall another occasion when I have been so favourably impressed."

edward

What our customers had to say

"I have just had my 1934 Rolex Oyster repaired. From start to finish I had full confidence in every one I had contact with at Steven Hale. They have been very efficient in identifying the problems at the initial examination and dealing with them as promised. There were no nasty surprises and unexpected complications along the way. Because of the age of my watch, spares are not available, and new parts have had to be made - all very expertly done. They even polished the gold case and my 86yr old watch now looks as good as new. You can certainly trust these people with your precious timepieces."

venessa

What our customers had to say

"Fantastic job repairing a family heirloom pocket watch which will now return home to Namibia.
The service was superb with detailed repair and service quote. Communication throughout was equally great leaving you with the confidence that you watch is in the best possible hands."

ANNE

What our customers had to say

"I had bought a 1970s Pepsi GMT at auction and it needed some work. The lume on the hands was breaking up. Rolex UK wanted some hilarious price and threatened to replace the hands with new ones if their work failed - all at my expense of course. Steven Hale and co managed to repair the hands and maintain the original patina of the 40 plus year old watch which was of course crucial! Highly recommended."

Johan

What our customers had to say

"These are watch lovers and it shows. Their meticulous craftsmanship and expertise make them unique in London and I suspect that only in Switzerland may their equivalents be found. The experience of Steven Hale Watch Restoration begins with the talented and charming individuals who are client facing in South Molton Street and who instil a confidence that is consequently fully fulfilled. This firm represents unequalled talent in its field as well as exceptional client service. I have seldom recommended anyone with greater conviction."

FRANK