Buren Watches


Buren 'Dirty Dozen' Watches at Auction

In 1944, the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) ordered timepieces from twelve of the best contemporary watch companies for use by British troops on the front line in World War Two. Buren was one of this selection of 'Dirty Dozen' watchmakers tasked with creating government issued timepieces for thousands of servicemen. Together with Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor and Vertex, Buren created 'Wrist. Watch. Waterproof' timepieces with broad arrow marking, black dial, arabic markers, luminous dots and hands, and subsidiary seconds dial to 6. 

Buren produced 11,000 of the 150,000 Dirty Dozen watches commissioned. Featuring the standard design with pencil hands, and cal. 462 movement within a 36.5mm chrome top screw on case, these watches are certainly worth selling at auction, with prices rising year on year. For a confidential, up-to-date auction valuation of your Buren Dirty Dozen watch, contact our specialist team or fill in our online valuation form


Buren Pocket Watches at Auction

Gold hunter, half hunter and open face pocket watches by Buren continue to fetch good prices at auction. Examples in good condition, with unique provenance, and captivating design features such as case decoration and chronograph functioning sell particularly well with keen watch collectors. 


Our specialist Fine Jewellery & Watch auctions are held 4 times a year and include the whole spectrum of jewellery, from modern and designer pieces to antique jewels, coloured gemstone jewellery to fine diamond rings. Our department is headed by Liz Bailey who is FGA and DGA qualified, with many years experience in the industry. We offer a free watch valuations service as well as a free collection service for items consigned to these auctions.

Contact our qualified specialist Liz Bailey to find out more.


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Buren Pocket Watch


Liz Bailey


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