Developed a keen interest in collecting with a particular bias towards cars and mechanical watches from a young age. His passion was further fuelled whilst working as a banker in Switzerland in the late 1990s, leading him him to focus his collecting specifically on vintage watches produced by the leading Swiss watch manufacturers from the 1950s onwards. This unique background has provided him with not only an understanding and appreciation of the very specific requirements of his clients, but an expert eye for the details that are essential to buying or selling the finest ‘investment grade’ vintage timepieces. For the last 18 years Daniel has used his expertise to advise, guide and curate some of the most important collections of exceptional vintage investment grade watches for private clients.
Daniel is recognised as a leading authority on the nuances of vintage Rolex sports watches, specifically those issued for use in the dive exploration industry and to the UK Special Forces. Described by UK based curators ‘Vintage Seekers’ as ‘London’s leading vintage Rolex expert’, Daniel has featured in numerous publications including Forbes, The Financial Times, WSJ, Revolution, SCMP and Hypebeast. Daniel provides regular consultation, advice and catalogue contributions to a multitude of international auction houses regarding collectible vintage watches.
THE COMPANY (UK)
Time Management International Ltd (LONDON, UK)
Registered Office: 5 Elstree Gate, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1JD, UK.
Company registration number: 9966906
Company VAT number: 237129510
THE COMPANY (EU)
Daniel Bourn (MONACO)
Registered Office: 17 Avenue Albert II, Monaco, 98000.
Company registration number: 21P09858
Company VAT number: FR92000156520
YOU DON’T NEED TO BE THE EXPERT
As vintage watch specialists, we are here to help and provide expert advice & services as follows:-.
- We BUY vintage watches
- You can CONSIGN your vintage watch with us
- We SELL vintage watches
- We offer EXPERT ADVICE & provide insurance VALUATIONS
- We offer ONSITE INSPECTIONS
- We can assist you with SERVICING your vintage watch
Please refer to the text below for further information.
Looking to SELL or TRADE your vintage watch?. We are always looking to BUY, we pay the highest rates for the finest examples, particularly those from their original owners or vintage watches with provenance &/or the original box & papers.
If you have a watch that you would like to a SELL, exchange or just require a valuation for, please do not hesitate to contact us via any of the following methods:
Enquiries from the UK & all other locations except EU:
Enquiries from within the EU:
We are always happy to hear from you.
It may not always possible for us to purchase your vintage watch directly, however we are also able to assist you in finding a new home for your watch via our consignment service.
In this instance, you simply consign your watch with us for an agreed period to allow our sales team to inspect, photograph & then discreetly offer to our clients privately at the price you require plus our commission. This can often realize a higher price than you could achieve by selling yourself on the open market.
For further information please do not hesitate to contact us on the numbers provided above.
With demand for vintage watches reaching unprecedented levels & supply for the best examples becoming increasingly limited, very often the finest or most Important watches are traded or sold privately without ever being listed online.
If you are considering investing in a vintage watch but cannot find what you are looking for either in our listed inventory or elsewhere, please do not hesitate to contact us with your exact requirements. We specialise in investment grade example, our knowledge, experience, extensive archive & network of contacts worldwide will provide you with the best opportunity to find the vintage watch that you are really looking. Let us do the work on your behalf. No one is better placed to find that rare & elusive vintage watch for you.
With over 25 years experience in the watch market, as a collector and watch dealer, we are uniquely placed to offer impartial, up-to-the-minute market information & objective advice to our clients.
Its logical to assume that buyers will one day become sellers & vice versa, since the very beginning our approach has always been to work with our clients for the long term, that’s why we only buy, sell & trade the best examples. We are privileged to have built & placed watches into some of the finest vintage watch collections on the market on behalf of our clients.
Our opinion will never be influenced by whom we are advising; if you seek our assistance we will offer a frank, informed opinion based on our knowledge, experience, on-going research & analysis of the current market.
So whether you are looking to buy, sell, trade, hold, service or restore a vintage watch we are here to help. You don’t have to be the expert. You can leave that to us.
Thank you for your interest we look forward to working with you in future.
If you are considering making an independent vintage watch acquisition either from a private seller, private watch dealer, store or independent auction house & require an independent expert opinion before making that final decision, we are here to help.
Subject to an initial offline assessment we are if required available to travel to the sellers location to view, assess & provide a written report on your behalf regarding your potential purchase. Rates & expenses apply, however it could prove to be an invaluable investment when making a final decision on a high value transaction. Whilst the type of vintage watch you buy is a personal choice, having peace of mind, by knowing that you are buying an original & correct example, thus protecting your potential investment is essential.
VINTAGE WATCH SERVICING
Vintage watches of course need to be serviced, but probably not as often as you think. One of the most beneficial aspects of vintage watch collecting is that when compared to vintage cars for example, the storage costs & maintenance are relatively low.
Generally unless you are having waterproofing issues (due to humidity) or experiencing unacceptable time-keeping we suggest leaving your watch alone. A 5-10 year service to lubricate the movement is normally sufficient to keep it running. As collectors we all have a responsibility to preserve the past. Over servicing, changing external parts & over polishing watches will never add to their value or appeal. They should just be worn & enjoyed.
However when the time comes for you to service your vintage timepiece, we will be there to advise you and them on what should or should not be done to ensure that you protect both your vintage watches heritage & long term value.
ROLEX SERIAL NUMBERS & DATE OF MANUFACTURE
How old is my Rolex watch ?
The serial number on any Rolex watch enables you to estimate the approximate date of manufacture. On the majority Rolex watches the serial number is engraved between the case lugs at 6 o’clock just the bracelet end links. However on some earlier models (pre 1960) the serial number will be engraved on the case back. This 4-8 digit number be used to determine the date of manufacture. It is important to note however that final assembly, sale & delivery of the completed watch may be later. For example a case or case back assembled in 1967, may not have been used on a completed watch until 1970 or sold via a retailer until later still.
To identify the date of your Rolex watches manufacture, CLICK HERE for our Search facility.