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We have dealers at The OId Mill who specialize in wrist watches and pocket watches which have all been researched and authenticated so you can buy with confidence. 

In the 16th century watches evolved from portable clocks when German craftsmen made “clock-watches”, which were ornamental timepieces worn as pendants by both men and women. 

In the 17th century styles changed and men began to wear watches in their pockets.   To fit into pockets the shape changed into the typical shape we know today and glass was used to cover the face circa 1610.   Later, in the 1800’s Prince Albert introduced the “Albert Chain” accessory which was designed to secure the pocket watch by way of a clip. 

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Wrist watches appeared on the scene in the 19th century and were worn almost exclusively by women – men used pocket watches up until the late 19th/ early 20th century.   Military men were the first users of wristwatches and this was at the end of the 19th century.  Subsequently,  this gave birth to a market for men’s wristwatches and Mappin and Webb began production of their “Campaign Watch” in the 1890’s. 

The introduction of the quartz watch in 1969 was a revolution in the watch industry and was first manufactured by Seiko. 

Here at Old Mill Antiques we have a selection of vintage Military watches which are always popular and fans of James Bond may be especially interested in the Naval ones.  We have for sale a Royal Navy Diver 1995 (£925) and a Royal Navy Diver Instructor’s Watch 1950’s (£660) plus an Omega Seamaster Bumper Auto with steel Omega case 1952/1953 (£1250) - Daniel Craig wore an Omega Seamaster in Skyfall. 

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We also have a wide choice of pocket watches and wrist watches on display and you are sure to find a watch which appeals to you.   Our staff are always on hand to make you feel welcome and to assist when they can. 

So, why not come and visit our lovely old market town of Bridgnorth and call in to our showrooms whilst you are in the area.   We are situated in Low Town, adjacent to the riverside and we have an award-winning cafe/restaurant on our first floor where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea.