Grays’ Late Night Christmas Shopping Party is sure to make a very enjoyable and alternative Christmas shopping experience. It is the only opportunity of the year to shop after hours in this genteel antiques centre and, if that is not enough, Grays will be open right up until Christmas Eve!
For your complimentary invitation please call 020 7629 7034 or email email@example.com.
Nestled amongst the showcases in the Mews is dealer Himiko, offering an eclectic yet affordable range of Japanese and Chinese antiques. Trading at Grays for almost a year but trading independently for eight, she visits Japan regularly to stock up her showcase.
From intricate and elegant Kimono’s to beautiful carved authentic netsukes, she showcases a wide range of traditional Oriental antiques. Accompanying these Himiko offers some smaller items including silver charms, brooches and unusual picture frames perfect for that unique Christmas gift.
Visit her stand A23-B17 downstairs in the basement at 1-7 Davies Mews.
Contemporary Gents Rolex Submariner Watch, POA, from JUS Watches
After a wedding band, watches are probably one of the most significant pieces of jewellery a man can own. That’s why it is essential to find a watch or timepiece that is personal to you, will hold its value over time and maybe even become an heirloom to be passed on in the future.
There are so many reasons why you should choose a vintage or antique watch or timepiece. Some people find the inner mechanics captivating; others enjoy the individuality of the piece, the beauty in the quality craftsmanship, or the history they may hold.
Early 19th Century Swiss Quarter Repeating Verge, Circa 1810, POA, from Pieces of Time.
At Grays we are fortunate to be able to boast a selection of highly experienced watch dealers who are all experts in their field.
Rolex Daytona Watch with Black Dial, POA, from Second Time Around.
Gents 1940s Patek Philippe Wristwatch, £6500 from P. Crylin & Co.
Top Tips for Buying an Antique Watch or Timepiece
1. Do the basic research: Look at various makes and models of watches to be sure to find something that’s right for you in both style and budget.
2. Always buy from a reputable dealer. Look to see if they belong to a professional trade organisation. They should also be able to give you a certificate of authenticity from the watch manufacturer.
3. View your watch as an investment and look for brands that will hold their value over time. Rolex, Patek, Phillippe, Breitling and Omega are good quality, vintage brands. There are still others that are worth buying however so don’t feel you have to stick to these.
4. Ask for original documentation that came with the watch when it was first manufactured as this can add great value, especially if it includes original serial numbers.
5. Find a good watch repair service that can regularly service and, if worse comes to worst repair your watch. It is important to find a reputable place, as vintage and antique watches have been made with a different quality and type of craftsmanship to modern pieces. You should look to service your watch every two years.
1980s 18ct Gold Ladies Cartier Watch, £2000, from Regal Time
To browse Grays vast range of watches and timepieces please click here and search 'watch'.