Vertex Watches


Founded in 1916 by Claude Lyons, Vertex boasts over 100 years of British watchmaking excellence. These beautifully crafted wristwatches and pocket watches have had a varied history and usage, with each facet of watchmaking demanding high prices at auction. 


Vertex Cocktail Watches at Auction

Celebrated for stylish and dazzling cocktail watches and bracelet watches, Vertex produced a stunning selection of early to mid 20th century diamond set cocktail watches. Set with brilliant, old, and baguette cut diamonds, occasionally interspersed with calibre cut sapphires, these breathtaking cocktail watches sell well at auction. Decorative bracelet and cuff watches with concealed dials and set in 18ct gold also sell exceptionally well for their stylish flair. 


Vertex 'Dirty Dozen' Watches at Auction 

During the Second World War the British Ministry of Defence tasked 12 watch companies with the role of producing watches that were fit for military action. One of the famed 'Dirty Dozen' watchmakers, and the only British contributor, Vertex produced 15,000 timepieces of its cal. 59, 15 jewel manual wind wristwatch. These wristwatches are rare, and so are incredibly sought-after by collectors, keen to complete the set!

Characterised by their 'W.W.W' inscription to case back, broad arrow to dial, black dial, arabic markers, luminous dots and hands within a stainless steel case, these watches are certainly worth selling at auction. The 'Dirty Dozen' watchmakers are as follows - Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger-LeCoultreLemaniaLonginesIWCOmegaRecordTimor and Vertex - examples of each sell exceptionally well through our specialist sales. For a free and confidential valuation of your Dirty Dozen watch, contact our specialist.


Vertex Pocket Watches at Auction

Vertex pocket watches continue to hold their value at auction. Frequently set in 9ct gold, Vertex hunter, half hunter, and open face pocket watches retain a timeless appeal with 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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Vertex watch ring

A mid 20th century platinum and diamond watch cocktail ring by Vertex.

Liz Bailey


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