Rare 300-year-old 'shutter' pocket watch sold for £8,600
A 300-year-old pocket watch believed to be one of only 10 of its kind still in existence has been sold for £8,600.
The Bushman pocket watch features an unusual "shutter display" design, showing a revolving dial as opposed to the traditional revolving hands.
The watch, estimated to fetch between £5,000 to £7,000 was bought by a telephone bidder at an auction in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex.
The auctioneers said it had received interest from across Europe.
The timepiece was sold by a private collector from mid-Wales.
It was believed to have been made in about 1710, and is one of a pair. The other is at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Guy Schooling, managing director of Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers, said he could only trace one example of a watch of this kind coming up for auction before.
On that occasion, in New York a decade ago, the item was sold for about $6,000.