I have been involved in antiquarian horology for more than thirty–five years, first as an illustrator and subsequently as a writer, dealer and consultant to various private collectors and museums worldwide.
During this time it has been my privilege to get to know a range of talented and trustworthy individuals who share the same passion. It is with their help that I shall continue to offer a range of the best and most interesting watches and watch related material.
NB. Please bear in mind that it is always possible to purchase a good watch from a bad dealer. My aim, however, is never to sell a bad watch. All items are guaranteed to be as described.
Studied Design/Illustration at Hornsey College Art, London
1971 to date
Worked in publishing before becoming a full time illustrator specialising in the History of Technology, especially Horology.
The British Museum
The National Maritime Museum
The Time Museum, Rockford
Prescot Museum, Liverpool
The Wallace Collection, London
The British Masters
Produced a set of three Prints, featuring the work of John Arnold, Joseph Knibb and George Daniels, in commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the formation of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1631.
Made Honorary Fellow of the British Horological Institute.
Editor of Antiquarian Horology, journal of the Antiquarian Horological Society.
1990 to date
Published articles and delivered talks on numerous horological subjects in England, Ireland, Denmark, Germany and America.
Commissioned by the Royal Mail to illustrate a set of stamps featuring the work of John Harrison.
Lectured on the life and work of Thomas Mudge at the ‘Longitude Symposium’ held at Harvard University.
Delivered the ‘James Arthur Lecture’ on the subject of ‘Horological Ephemera’ at the NAWCC Seminar in Toronto. Published in the NAWCC Bulletin, Vol 38/6, No 305, December 1996.
Produced my first horological Postal Auction Catalogue, trading as Charles Allix & Associates. Issued three editions (back copies available).
Awarded the Barrett Silver Medal by the British Horological Institute.
Started specialist horological publishing with a facsimile reprint of a Barraud & Lund´s Illustrated Price List of circa 1900, the first in a planned occasional series of books and reprints.
Retired from running the Information Illustration Course at the Royal College of Art London in order to became a full time Antiquarian Horologist.
Produced the Lord Harris Collection catalogue for Belmont House.
Produced my first solo Postal Auction Catalogue concentrating on watches and watchmaking. Seven editions issued, the last being in 2003 (back copies available).
Issued facsimile reprint of a Nicole, Nielsen & Co Ltd trade catalogue High–Class English Watches of circa 1910.
Became a part-time consultant to Sothebys.
Stopped issuing postal catalogues, due to ever-increasing postal charges.
AntiqueWatchStore website opened.
Delivered the ´Dingwall–Beloe Lecture´ at the British Museum on the subject of ´The Importance of Horological Ephemera for a Proper Understanding of the Clock and Watch Trades´ – published in three parts in Antiquarian Horology 2006–2007.
My article on ´Pierre Frederick INGOLD (1787–1878): his Impact on Watchmaking both in Europe and America´ was published as part of the book based on the proceedings of the 23rd NAWCC Annual Seminar held at Boxborough in October 2002.
Gave my talk ´Machine–Made Watch Manufacturing: the influence of American production methods on English practice´ at the 28th NAWCC Annual Seminar held at Cleveland – yet to be published.
Gave my talk ´GRAHAM, SHELTON and MUDGE: their influence on Precision Pendulum Clocks´ at the Antiquarian Horological Society´s Convention & AGM held at Liverpool – yet to be published.
Produced the basic measured illustrations of the turret clock and pocket watch from which the British Museum´s new animated displays were created.
Opened updated and improved website.