Webinar focuses on Dirty Dozen military watches

A free military watches webinar by watches expert and journalist Simon de Burton will be hosted by Birmingham auction house Fellows Auctioneers on August 12.

The webinar will focus in particular on the full set of extremely rare Dirty Dozen timepieces up for auction at the auction house on August 24.

Exploring the history of watches used in military settings from as far back as the 19th century to the modern day, de Burton will show their fascinating history through the last century. The event will be hosted via Zoom, kicking off at 6pm BST on Wednesday 12 August.

A collection of Dirty Dozen military watchesSimon de Burton is a freelance journalist and author who has been writing about modern and vintage watches since 1998. A former employee of Sotheby’s, he is especially well known for his reporting of the watch auction scene and his previews, reviews and observations about horological sales appear in publications around the world. 

Simon has been the saleroom correspondent for Patek Philippe International magazine for 20 years, previewed and reported on watch auctions for every issue of QP magazine from the first in 2002 to the last in 2020 and writes a twice-yearly saleroom round-up for Vanity Fair’s ‘On Time’ supplement. Simon has also been a principle contributor to the quarterly Financial Times watch report since 2001. 

Fellows Auctioneers’ Luxury Watch Sale in August is set to be one of the most in-demand watch auctions in the company’s 140-year history. As well as the historic Dirty Dozen set, the sale features an array of timepieces, both modern and historic, from a variety of world-renowned watch brands. Fellows has a track record for achieving high prices for military watches. In January 2018 and April 2019 they sold two Second World War Panerai watches for hammer prices of £41,000 and £42,000 respectively. 

Alexandra Whittaker, PR & Communications Manager at Fellows Auctioneers, who is behind the event, said: “It is a privilege for us to welcome Simon de Burton to speak in our webinar series. Military watches are a particularly strong area for us given our successes with WWII Panerais in the last couple of years. Simon is a leading journalist in the world of watches and we anticipate a strong-demand for this webinar. As a token of our appreciation to our loyal customers, we will be offering this webinar for free which I have no doubt will lead to a busy event!” 

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