Are You A Magpie? Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Watch Collecting

Collecting watches can become an obsession. The interest in collecting has coincided with the huge gain in popularity of the pre-owned/vintage watch sector.

We met George Bamford, Founder of the Bamford Watch Department, at one of London’s finest private members club, The Devonshire, to hear his expert views on collecting. George describes himself as a ‘Magpie’ collector of vintage watches.

“I will never ever ever buy a watch for investment purposes. Limited Editions are the future collectables”


He has a passion for watches connected with racing and is drawn to the different colours of dials of watches from the 60s and 70s, and believes this to be the ‘sweet spot’ for vintage watch collecting.

It was a hugely enjoyable evening with lively discussion in front of a ‘sell out’ audience of esteemed collectors. Refreshments were kindly provided by our partners at Ginking London.

You can see all the photos from the event – click here – and enjoy the discussion below…

George explains what he means by being a ‘Magpie’ collector
George explains when the collecting ‘bug’ started for him
George discusses what he’s collecting now and why
George talks about his own personal collection and what we should be looking out for as the next collectables

For more information about Bamford London, please visit or the Bamford Watch Department, please visit

For more information about Ginking, please visit

For more information about The Devonshire Club, please visit

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