or several years now, eBay has launched a series of initiatives to strengthen its presence in the watchmaking world: it is present at numerous events and trade fairs, its team goes out to meet collectors and professionals, and its authentication programme offers greater security when buying fine watches.
What keeps the platform alive are both buyers and professional sellers, some of whom have been active on it for a long time. This is the case of Connoisseur of Time, launched by collector Paul Hoyt, whose boutique has been active on eBay since 1999.
The boutique has more than 5,000 loyal customers across the United States and in over 70 countries around the world, based around a carefully chosen selection of luxury vintage models. The selection ranges from a 1921 Art Deco Audemars Piguet to a 1963 Omega Seamaster “Kleeback”.
Here are just a few of the historic models to be found on Connoisseur of Time, perfectly illustrating a wealth of watchmaking heritage.
With a fairly unique P800 engine, the case for this 1956 Jaeger-Lecoultre is wonderfully thin. Unlike many of their dress watches from the era, it was originally waterproof and has a screw-down back.
This 1963 Omega Seamaster “Kleeback” salesman’s demonstration watch has an uncommon caliber 560 movement.
Popularized by Ginger Roger and Fred Astaire in their award-winning musical of the same name, this 1940s era Patek Philippe “Top Hat” embraces the elegance of the 1930s and 40s.
Made for the very prestigious jeweler Betteridge, this very rare 1921 Art Deco watch from Audemars Piguet bears the retailer’s name on the dial.
Unlike many of Tiffany’s ladies vintage watches made for the U.S. market, this Tiffany & Co. Ladies Backwind Miniature Bracelet watchis a true all European creation with tiny movement made by Blancpain and case and bracelet specially made in France.
This 1961 IWC Platinum Vintage Men’s Automatic Watch is a rare example made for the Japanese market encased in platinum and powered by the Albert Pellaton designed Caliber 853 movement.