I finally made it to The Burlington Arcade. It is not very far from where I stayed in London, walking distance in fact. There are a number of shops here in the arcade, mostly dealing with vintage and pre-loved watches. We start with David Duggan Watches. For the life of me, I can't seem to find any photograph of the place. I guess I did not take a photograph of the place.
David Duggan Watches.
Photograph: David Duggan
The shop carries many lovely watches. I was very tempted to get few (yeah right). They carry Rolex, PP, Cartier, VC, JLC, A. Lange & Sohne, IWC and a number of other brands. You could actually spend a long time here at the shop.
The next shop is called Armour Winston. This shop also carries a number of high end brands like Rolex, PP, Cartier, JLC, Omega, Panerai and others. I do like the Panerai collection there as they do have a number of nice Panerai pieces.
Next we have Rapport. This is not really a watch shop. They are more known for their winders and watch cases. Have a visit. The watch cases and boxes are very very nice, as are the winders.
Next we find The Vintage Watch Company. This shop is known for its large collection of Rolex watches. Here you can find Rolex watches from 1920s to 1970s, even 80s. In fact you might be able to find a watch for your year of birth there.
Lastly we find Somlo Antiques. Somlo carries many fine brands like Breguet, PP, Cartier, Piaget, Rolex and VC among others. But they are known for their vintage Omega collection. I was so tempted to get the Omega RAF watch that they had.
You can find more information on the Burlington Arcade here:
The usual caveat applies when you want to buy vintage and antique watches. Know what you want, do your research and know what is the value of the watch you are looking for and have fun with the hunt.