Thomas Russell & Son Watches


As an auctioneers based in the North West, Thomas Russell & Son pocket watches and wristwatches appear fairly regularly. With roots in Lancashire, before moving to Liverpool in the early 19th century, this watchmaking dynasty is sought-after for its consistently quality movements, chronographs and case detailing. Signed to the movement and/or dial with the shortened 'Thos. Russell & Sons,' and accompanied by the headquarters of the time - Slater St Liverpool, Church St Liverpool, or just Liverpool - these pocket watches are easily identified and sell well to collectors via auction.


How much is my Thos Russell & Son pocket watch worth? 

Chronograph, full hunter pocket watches set in 18ct gold sell remarkably at auction, particularly those in good condition. Chronograph dials with an outer track, with 60 at the 12 position, or dials with two or more subsidiary dials all attract the very best prices at auction. Unusual designs, with patterned or enamelled cases sell well too. 

Also achieving great prices are 9ct gold Those Russell & Son pocket watches, in working order and clean condition.


Thos Russell & Son Pocket Watch Features







Signatures to dial in both capital and cursive text. 


This movement is signed, and also bears the watchmaker's 'Tempus Fugit' crest that is present in Thos Russell pocket watches from 1870 onwards. The company was also granted a Royal Warrant in 1880, indicated here by the 'Maker's to the Queen' text to the movement. These features to the movement attract attention from collectors, as a wonderful snapshot of the history and quality of this celebrated Northern watchmakers. 

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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