Wristwatch Group

Welcome to the home page of the Wristwatch Group, a specialist group within the AHS.

There has been an increased interest in vintage and antique wristwatches in recent years, but a perceived lack of corresponding published scholarly research. The Wristwatch Group plans to promote and encourage the study of the history and development of wristwatches through meetings, education and publications, including articles in the Journal or technical papers for Group members.

Members of the Wristwatch Group will have regular meetings in the form of lectures, short talks, bring-and-discuss sessions, and visits to exhibitions, private collections and centres for the practice and study of watchmaking both in the UK and abroad.

The Group will bring together enthusiasts keen to learn more about the origins, makers, techniques, family and corporate histories and indeed any of the material and cultural aspects associated with wristwatches. All are welcome, whether new to the subject or recognized authorities.

The group will be chaired by Rebecca Struthers, watchmaker and doctoral researcher of antiquarian horology at Birmingham City University, along with secretary James Harris. They will be supported by Mat Craddock, and Tracey Llewellyn, editor-in-chief of specialist wristwatch publication Revolution magazine.

Membership of the Group is open to any member of the Antiquarian Horological Society. To join the Wristwatch Group, or to find out more, please email wwg@ahsoc.org.

Image by Shane Lin

Past Meetings

How Original! the impact of originality on collectable wristwatches
14 January 2016 at The Watch Club, Old Bond Street

Led by WWG chairman Rebecca Struthers, a panel consisting of British Museum horology curator & conservator, Oliver Cooke; watch-case restorer, Adam Philips; collector, Greg Dowling; and Watch Club co-founder, Justin Koullapis discussed the pros and cons of restoring vintage and historical watches with regards to originality, value, and practicality. Guests were also invited to view some of The Watch Club’s collection including WW2 A. Lange & Sohne military watches with original paperwork and a ‘new-old-stock’ 1970s Rolex.

The splendid venue: The Watch Club at the
Royal Arcade, London
(Photo: The Watch Club/Michal Solarski)
The panel (left to right); Adam Phillips, Oliver Cooke,
Greg Dowling and Justin Koullapis with WWG
Chair Rebecca Struthers
(Photo: The Watch Club/Michal Solarski)


29 October 2015 at Breguet Boutique, Bond St.
The inaugural WWG meeting was held in the newly opened three-storey boutique, where guests heard from Andrew Chrisford on A. L. Breguet’s pioneering advertising, promotion, and anti-counterfeiting methods in the late 1700s. Those present were also able to see a collection of historic Breguet Timepieces as well as modern day masterpieces from the Swiss atelier.

A breguet watchmaker shows onlookers a
modern release (Photo Yarek Baranik)
AHS Council member Jonathan Betts opening
the evening's talks (Photo Yarek Baranik)


Group meetings 2018

For information, please contact the Group secretary at wwg@ahsoc.org, or james@harrishorology.com


Photo courtesy of Fellows & Sons Auctioneers
Lots from 17 October 2011 sale