Land, Sea and Air – Watches and Navigation

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London Collectors’ Conference



Saturday 21 October, 10.30-17.00, Aboard HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN

This event has now ended.

Thankyou to all who attended the conference, we trust you enjoyed the day as much as we did. We’d also like to thank all of our speakers for taking the time to share their knowledge and spend time discussing a wide range of topics. We would appreciate any feedback from the day and if you have any further questions, or were unable to attend and would like to know more please get in touch using the details on our contact page, or find us on Facebook at





You are invited to spend a day in London with the world’s authorities on navigational and military watches.

The conference speakers will discuss fascinating subjects not seen in the usual horological places:

David BoettcherThe Earliest British Military Wristwatches
Kurt BrøndumCollecting Breitling Navitimers - in Pursuit of Perfect Vintage Watches
James DowlingWristwatch Navigation, via Weems and the Mark 11
Owen GilchristOn the Bench: Finer Points of the Smiths MK X Military Calibre 12.15
Rory McEvoyOn the Bench with Larcum Kendall’s K1 (A video presentation made for the conference)
David ReadFrom Marine Chronometer to Military Navigation by Wristwatch
Inge SolheimPolar Exploration - A Perspective from the Wrist
Adrian van der MeijdenIWC Mark 11 Wristwatches used by the B.O.A.C.

The conference doors open at 10am, with welcome drinks and pastries, and starts properly at 10h30, concluding around 15h30. Lunch aboard and other refreshments are included in the ticket price.

This is a rare opportunity to meet with the BHI beyond our headquarters at Upton Hall, and we look forward to welcoming watch enthusiasts and collectors of all levels!

In the evening, any who wish are invited to join a party for drinks and further discussion (horological or otherwise!) until late.


The beautiful HQS Wellington is an ex-Royal Navy ship moored on the River Thames in central London. Built in 1936, she first patrolled around New Zealand, before serving over 240,000 miles as a convoy escort in WWII. Now the HQS Wellington is the headquarters of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, and has dedicated meeting and hospitality facilities aboard.

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Where is it?

HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN


Photograph of the HQS Wellington: By J.P.Lon (Own work) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


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