Roy King Watches & Jewellery


Roy Cecil King was a highly skilled British jeweller and watchmaker. First apprenticed in London's Hatton Garden at the tender age of fourteen, King learned both gem-setting and goldsmithing from working jewellers and classes at the Sir John Cass Art School. Such was his aptitude that by the age of twenty-one, Roy King was creating bespoke and one-off pieces for some of the biggest names at the time to include Cartier, Rolex and Garrard. 

Upon the outbreak of World War Two, King used his machine tooling techniques on the planning of the production line of the 'Hurricane' fighter aircrafts. This wartime experience was to influence heavily upon his later experimental techniques with gold, creating unusual and innovative pieces that he is know renowned for.

Following the War, King established his own eponymous workshop where he produced "everything from a tiara to a tiepin." During this time, he also signed an agreement with Bueche Girod, creating the exterior of their wonderful watches, set in precious metals and adorned with gemstones. The 1960s bought a litany of awards form the prestigious British Modern Jewellery Exhibition, and the winning pieces are still on show as part of the permanent collection at the Goldsmiths' Hall.


Roy King at Auction

By far, it is Roy King's gold jewellery and gem-set cocktail watches that achieve the very best prices at auction. Exemplary of his skill as a goldsmith and craftsman, these pieces feature all the hallmarks of his signature style - beautifully textuted gold, expertly set coloured gemstones and exquisite, unusual links. Watches, bracelet watches, bangles, necklaces and suites of jewellery all remain in high demand from collectors - so do get in touch for a free auction valuation on your collection and advice on how to maximise your return on these items. 


Our specialist Fine Jewellery & Watch auctions are held four times a year and include the whole spectrum of watches, from fob watches, bracelet watches, chronograph watches, military watches and dress watches. 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 both online and through in-house valuation appointments.

Contact our qualified specialist Liz Bailey to find out more.


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Maker's Marks

Roy King Marks

RCK for Roy Cecil King, within a rectangular surround with chamfered corners. Frequently accompanied with full London hallmarks to include the lion passant, leopard head and date letter.

Roy King Dial signature

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