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GOLD HALF HUNTER POCKET WATCHES: HISTORY & VALUATIONS

 

Do you want to know the history of your gold Half Hunter pocket watch?

We can value your Half Hunter pocket watch and help you find the best price if you are looking to sell your gold pocket watch.

Value & Sell Your Gold Half Hunter Pocket Watch

A gold pocket watch would always have been a prized possession even if it was in regular use. Gold Half Hunter pocket watches (also known as demi savonnette watches) have a hinged metal cover that protects the delicate face of pocket watches from damage, scratching and dust, there is an opening in the lid that allows the time to be read without the need to open the cover.

The Market for Gold Half Hunter Pocket Watches

Gold pocket watches generally command a premium over pocket watches made from other materials. Firstly, there is the intrinsic value of the metal itself but in addition gold pocket watches were usually made as a statement piece and are of a high quality. Gold Half Hunter pocket watches are often in very good condition because of the protection provided by the lid and as such they are highly sought-after by collectors.

If you would like more information on the history of Half Hunter pocket watches please see the history at the end of this page. Mark Littler can also assist with valuation and sale of your gold pocket watch. Please use the form on this page to get in touch for a no obligation valuation and advice on selling your Gold Half Hunter pocket watch and explore this page for the 6 things that impact the value of your watch.

Free Gold Pocket Watch Valuation Request

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What to look for in your pocket watch

Pocket-watch-value

Condition/originality

The condition and originality of a watch has the greatest bearing on its value. What could outwardly appear to be a rare 17th century verge pocket watch, may have had a large proportion of its movement replaced or cannibalised over the years (replacement dial etc). These changes might only be known to a watchmaker or collector so a guarantee of originality will positively impact the value if you are looking to sell.

The outward condition of the watch is easier to assess yourself. Cracks to the dial, worn cases or erased presentation engravings can negatively impact the value of a pocket watch.

Complicated-pocket-watches

Complications

Very broadly speaking, the more complications the greater the value of the watch. Minute repeaters are some of the most sought-after complications as well as: tourbillon, split-seconds chronograph (or rattrapante), chronometers, perpetual calendar and phases of the moon, to name but a few.

If your watch has only the repeating complication then the repeating frequency (hour, quater, minute etc) will impact the value. With rarer repeating frequencies generally more sought after. Quarter repeaters are the most common. The mode of repeating (bell, gong, vibration) will also have an impact.

Gold-Pocket-Watch-Valuations

Case material

With the exception of watches with ‘out of the ordinary’ movements or features (chronometers etc) the case material can have a significant bearing on the value of the watch. Generally speaking 18ct gold pocket watches are more valuable than 9ct gold pocket watches, silver pocket watches and gold or silver plated pocket watches are worth less again.

The most obvious example of this can be seen with gold cased watches: three seemingly identical watches with identical Waltham movements could be several thousand pounds different in value depending on the case material, i.e. gold plated vs. 9ct gold vs. 18ct gold.

Pocket-watch-valuations

Age

The most expensive pocket watch ever sold at auction was only made in 1933. The price of the Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 was not released, but it is fair to estimate that it is likely the most expensive pocket watch ever produced, and was only made in 2015.

As such the age of a watch does not necessarily invoke a high value. For example, pair cased silver verge watches from the reign of George III can be sold for as little as £100 at auction (condition dependant) yet an Edwardian minute repeater can easily sell for £1,000+.

Pocket-Watch-Worth

Provenance & certificates

Provenance can add a significant amount of value to a watch and sometimes the provenance will be of more value than the watch itself.

A good example of this would be a watch that could be proven to have been on the Titanic; the story attached to the watch is what would be valuable rather than the pocket watch itself.

The original chronometer certificates, receipts, boxes and paperwork can also add significant value to a watch when they are still present.

Antiuqe-Pocket-Watch-Valuations

Manufacturer

In alphabetical order here is a list of some manufacturers that command a significant premium:

  • Audemars Piguet
  • Breguet
  • Harrison
  • IWC
  • Massey
  • Mudge
  • Omega
  • Patek Phillpe
  • Perrelet
  • Rolex
  • Tiffany
  • Tompion
  • Vacheron Constantin
  • Zenith

Sell your Gold Half Hunter Pocket Watch

In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can. Valuations are free and offers are sourced with no obligation.

Watch Valuation Form
Images of you watch & box
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB

Selling your gold Half Hunter pocket watch with Mark Littler Ltd.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

Send us details about your watch directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your watch. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

Auction or Private Sale?

If you are deciding on how to sell your gold Half Hunter pocket watch we can have a no obligation chat on the best options for you. We can either make a personal introduction to the best saleroom based on your location and item free of charge. Or we can look into collecting you some no obligation offers for a private sale, which could save you considerably in commission.

In a nutshell here are the main pros and cons of each option:

  • Auctions can provide an increased market exposure (when you choose the right saleroom) but their gross fees can reach as much as 50%, and the payout times can be drawn out.
  • Private sales leave you in control of the price, and can be completed quickly but there is no chance of ‘buyers fever’ driving up prices.

Mark Littler Ltd. are one of the only independent advisers in the antique industry. We offer trusted, independent advice to help you sell your gold pocket watch for the highest possible price.

The History of Half Hunter Pocket Watches

The earliest watches date to the 1500s. They had just one hand and their accuracy varied by as much as 15-30 minutes a day. Glass and crystal was not used to protect the face of the pocket watch until around 1630 and even then they were still prone to scratching and dust.

A Hunter pocket watch, also known as a Savonnette watch, was the solution to this issue. A solid lid would cover the face to protect the hands and crystal. This was usually spring loaded so that the cover would pop open at the press of a button to allow the time to be read. Classic Hunter watches have the hinge at the 9 O’clock position and the crown/release button at the 3 O’clock position.

Hunter pocket watches were robust and allowed additional surfaces for decoration but were ultimately a bit cumbersome to use. The Half Hunter (also known as the demi savonnette watch) was the solution to this as the case had a small opening through which the time could be read without the need to open the case.

This was a temporary fix as the accuracy of the time through the window was reduced and the seconds hand could usually not be read.

Half Hunter is the term used for these watches in Britain and comes from who the style of pocket watch was most popular with. Hunter pocket watches were very robust and were popular with hunters, who could retrieve and open the watch with one hand while the other held the reigns of their horse or their gun.

Demi Savonnette is the French term for the half Hunter pocket watch, and comes from the shape created by the additional cover on Hunter watches, which is said to resemble a round bar of soap; a Savonette in French.

For a complete history of the development of pocket watches from the 1500s to pocket watches in the twentieth century please see our page on gold pocket watches

Watch Selling FAQs

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Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.
Receive money when selling your cask of whisky

Testimonials

Below are a few of the testimonials we have received from happy clients.  You can find these reviews and hundreds more on Google, Facebook and Yell.

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“I found Mark’s details online after looking to sell a collectable bottle of whisky. I was going to use a well know auction site but Mark secured an offer higher than the highest estimation from any auction house, within days, even after the 10% commission was deducted. Communication was perfect; punctual, to the point and polite. Collection and delivery were taken care of by Mark and instruction was clear and easy to follow. Payment was received to my bank within days of posting the bottle. I can’t recommend Mark enough; he runs a tight ship gets top end offers from his clients and delivers quickly.”

Rod Fountain, via Google

“Mark conducted a high value sale transaction for me acting as broker. A complex process, clearly explained at each step of the way. Great communication and willing to go the extra mile when it mattered. Entirely trustworthy and highly recommended.”

Mark Williams, via Google

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews
Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“Wow, what a refreshing change it was to meet Mark. He was the consummate professional with an approachable and warm personality who clearly had an in-depth knowledge of his subject which he used to give me a first-class service when I wanted to sell a whisky collection. For anyone who is considering any similar specialist whisky transactions I can certainly recommend him without reservation.”

Duncan Chambers, via Google

Sell your gold Half Hunter pocket watch

In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can. Valuations are free and offers are sourced with no obligation.

Watch Valuation Form
Images of you watch & box
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB

Do you want to know the history of your gold Half Hunter pocket watch?

We can value your Half Hunter pocket watch and help you find the best price if you are looking to sell your gold pocket watch.

Value & Sell Your Gold Half Hunter Pocket Watch

A gold pocket watch would always have been a prized possession even if it was in regular use. Gold Half Hunter pocket watches (also known as demi savonnette watches) have a hinged metal cover that protects the delicate face of pocket watches from damage, scratching and dust, there is an opening in the lid that allows the time to be read without the need to open the cover.

The Market for Gold Half Hunter Pocket Watches

Gold pocket watches generally command a premium over pocket watches made from other materials. Firstly, there is the intrinsic value of the metal itself but in addition gold pocket watches were usually made as a statement piece and are of a high quality. Gold Half Hunter pocket watches are often in very good condition because of the protection provided by the lid and as such they are highly sought-after by collectors.

If you would like more information on the history of Half Hunter pocket watches please see the history at the end of this page. Mark Littler can also assist with valuation and sale of your gold pocket watch. Please use the form on this page to get in touch for a no obligation valuation and advice on selling your Gold Half Hunter pocket watch and explore this page for the 6 things that impact the value of your watch.

Free Gold Pocket Watch Valuation Request

Watch Valuation Form Mini
PLEASE SELECT
Upload a picture of your watch & box
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB

What to look for in your pocket watch

Pocket-watch-value

Condition/originality

The condition and originality of a watch has the greatest bearing on its value. What could outwardly appear to be a rare 17th century verge pocket watch, may have had a large proportion of its movement replaced or cannibalised over the years (replacement dial etc). These changes might only be known to a watchmaker or collector so a guarantee of originality will positively impact the value if you are looking to sell.

The outward condition of the watch is easier to assess yourself. Cracks to the dial, worn cases or erased presentation engravings can negatively impact the value of a pocket watch.

Complicated-pocket-watches

Complications

Very broadly speaking, the more complications the greater the value of the watch. Minute repeaters are some of the most sought-after complications as well as: tourbillon, split-seconds chronograph (or rattrapante), chronometers, perpetual calendar and phases of the moon, to name but a few.

If your watch has only the repeating complication then the repeating frequency (hour, quater, minute etc) will impact the value. With rarer repeating frequencies generally more sought after. Quarter repeaters are the most common. The mode of repeating (bell, gong, vibration) will also have an impact.

Gold-Pocket-Watch-Valuations

Case material

With the exception of watches with ‘out of the ordinary’ movements or features (chronometers etc) the case material can have a significant bearing on the value of the watch. Generally speaking 18ct gold pocket watches are more valuable than 9ct gold pocket watches, silver pocket watches and gold or silver plated pocket watches are worth less again.

The most obvious example of this can be seen with gold cased watches: three seemingly identical watches with identical Waltham movements could be several thousand pounds different in value depending on the case material, i.e. gold plated vs. 9ct gold vs. 18ct gold.

Pocket-watch-valuations

Age

The most expensive pocket watch ever sold at auction was only made in 1933. The price of the Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 was not released, but it is fair to estimate that it is likely the most expensive pocket watch ever produced, and was only made in 2015.

As such the age of a watch does not necessarily invoke a high value. For example, pair cased silver verge watches from the reign of George III can be sold for as little as £100 at auction (condition dependant) yet an Edwardian minute repeater can easily sell for £1,000+.

Pocket-Watch-Worth

Provenance & certificates

Provenance can add a significant amount of value to a watch and sometimes the provenance will be of more value than the watch itself.

A good example of this would be a watch that could be proven to have been on the Titanic; the story attached to the watch is what would be valuable rather than the pocket watch itself.

The original chronometer certificates, receipts, boxes and paperwork can also add significant value to a watch when they are still present.

Antiuqe-Pocket-Watch-Valuations

Manufacturer

In alphabetical order here is a list of some manufacturers that command a significant premium:

  • Audemars Piguet
  • Breguet
  • Harrison
  • IWC
  • Massey
  • Mudge
  • Omega
  • Patek Phillpe
  • Perrelet
  • Rolex
  • Tiffany
  • Tompion
  • Vacheron Constantin
  • Zenith

Sell your Gold Half Hunter Pocket Watch

In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can. Valuations are free and offers are sourced with no obligation.

Watch Valuation Form
Images of you watch & box
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB

Selling your gold Half Hunter pocket watch with Mark Littler Ltd.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (4)

Send us details about your watch directly via email or use the form below.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (2)

We contact our international network of customers for the best offers.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (3)

If you decide to proceed with an offer we issue you with a contract.

Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.

Send us your watch. We have a fully insured courier service available.

Sell A Cask of Whisky (1)

We complete the sale with the buyer and send your funds via BACS.

Auction or Private Sale?

If you are deciding on how to sell your gold Half Hunter pocket watch we can have a no obligation chat on the best options for you. We can either make a personal introduction to the best saleroom based on your location and item free of charge. Or we can look into collecting you some no obligation offers for a private sale, which could save you considerably in commission.

In a nutshell here are the main pros and cons of each option:

  • Auctions can provide an increased market exposure (when you choose the right saleroom) but their gross fees can reach as much as 50%, and the payout times can be drawn out.
  • Private sales leave you in control of the price, and can be completed quickly but there is no chance of ‘buyers fever’ driving up prices.

Mark Littler Ltd. are one of the only independent advisers in the antique industry. We offer trusted, independent advice to help you sell your gold pocket watch for the highest possible price.

The History of Half Hunter Pocket Watches

The earliest watches date to the 1500s. They had just one hand and their accuracy varied by as much as 15-30 minutes a day. Glass and crystal was not used to protect the face of the pocket watch until around 1630 and even then they were still prone to scratching and dust.

A Hunter pocket watch, also known as a Savonnette watch, was the solution to this issue. A solid lid would cover the face to protect the hands and crystal. This was usually spring loaded so that the cover would pop open at the press of a button to allow the time to be read. Classic Hunter watches have the hinge at the 9 O’clock position and the crown/release button at the 3 O’clock position.

Hunter pocket watches were robust and allowed additional surfaces for decoration but were ultimately a bit cumbersome to use. The Half Hunter (also known as the demi savonnette watch) was the solution to this as the case had a small opening through which the time could be read without the need to open the case.

This was a temporary fix as the accuracy of the time through the window was reduced and the seconds hand could usually not be read.

Half Hunter is the term used for these watches in Britain and comes from who the style of pocket watch was most popular with. Hunter pocket watches were very robust and were popular with hunters, who could retrieve and open the watch with one hand while the other held the reigns of their horse or their gun.

Demi Savonnette is the French term for the half Hunter pocket watch, and comes from the shape created by the additional cover on Hunter watches, which is said to resemble a round bar of soap; a Savonette in French.

For a complete history of the development of pocket watches from the 1500s to pocket watches in the twentieth century please see our page on gold pocket watches

Watch Selling FAQs

Asset 4
Asset 8
Mark Littler LTD can help collect and delivery your items with our fully insured service.
Receive money when selling your cask of whisky

Testimonials

Below are a few of the testimonials we have received from happy clients.  You can find these reviews and hundreds more on Google, Facebook and Yell.

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“I found Mark’s details online after looking to sell a collectable bottle of whisky. I was going to use a well know auction site but Mark secured an offer higher than the highest estimation from any auction house, within days, even after the 10% commission was deducted. Communication was perfect; punctual, to the point and polite. Collection and delivery were taken care of by Mark and instruction was clear and easy to follow. Payment was received to my bank within days of posting the bottle. I can’t recommend Mark enough; he runs a tight ship gets top end offers from his clients and delivers quickly.”

Rod Fountain, via Google

“Mark conducted a high value sale transaction for me acting as broker. A complex process, clearly explained at each step of the way. Great communication and willing to go the extra mile when it mattered. Entirely trustworthy and highly recommended.”

Mark Williams, via Google

Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews
Mark Littler LTD 5 star Google reviews

“Wow, what a refreshing change it was to meet Mark. He was the consummate professional with an approachable and warm personality who clearly had an in-depth knowledge of his subject which he used to give me a first-class service when I wanted to sell a whisky collection. For anyone who is considering any similar specialist whisky transactions I can certainly recommend him without reservation.”

Duncan Chambers, via Google

Sell your gold Half Hunter pocket watch

In order to provide you with an accurate valuation please provide as much of the below information as you can. Valuations are free and offers are sourced with no obligation.

Watch Valuation Form
Images of you watch & box
Maximum upload size: 10.49MB