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Our One to Watch blog features exciting industry news, buying guides for wristwatches and commentary from David and the team. Showcasing the most exceptional and rare timepieces, from Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, Vacheron, Jaeger-Le-Coultre and other fine names.

David Duggan featured in Watch Pro Magazine's Big Interview
Tracey Llewellyn, from Watch Pro Magazine was so keen to interview David about the boom in collecting.
David Duggan is actively looking to buy watches from the public.
Around 99% of the watches sold by David Duggan are purchased from members of the Public.
Four vintage watches that rocked the June auctions
Despite financial uncertainty surrounding the global pandemic, the vintage watch market is on the rise. David Duggan takes a look at four classic timepieces that recently fetched staggering sums at auction
Our Favourite Watch Hands
For some watch collectors it is the hands that sets one timepiece apart from another. If you want to know your Breguet from your Snowflake, consult David Duggan's expert guide.
In Profile: Patek Philippe Twenty-4
An almost instant hit when it was first launched in 1999, Patek Philippe’s Twenty-4 came of age in 2020. To celebrate One To Watch takes a closer look at this iconic ladies watch.
Watches with Hollywood Nicknames and Why We Love Them
What makes the special relationship between Hollywood and luxury watches so enduringly appealing? David Duggan and Tony Gedalovitch reflect on the joys of watches with Hollywood connections.
The Art of Ageing: A Guide to Vintage Watch Patina
Should you preserve patina on your vintage watch? David Duggan discusses the pros and cons of this natural ageing phenomenon.
Why vintage watches are a sound investment for 2020
One to Watch explores why the vintage luxury watch market is booming despite Covid-19, with advice on how to make a solid investment in these uncertain times.
Why oversized watches for women are here to stay
David Duggan explores the trend for women’s oversized watches, plus the female celebrities choosing oversized Patek Philippe, Rolex and Cartier models
Your next investment: Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse
David Duggan shares five reasons why he believes the Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse is a fantastic investment for discerning watch collectors.
Smart Versus Mechanical Watch: There's a Place for Both
Can the mechanical timepiece survive the rise of the smartwatch? One to Watch takes a look at how the smartwatch has evolved, what it can do, and what this means for the mechanical watch market.
in profile: patek philippe aquanaut
Patek Philippe’s Aquanaut changed the parameters for luxury watch ownership when it first came out in the late 1990s. Read this in-depth article on the watch’s history and what makes it a modern classic, by luxury watch expert David Duggan.
A Guide to: the power reserve indicator complication
The nearest thing to a fuel gauge on a wristwatch, the power reserve indicator is a real collector's complication. David Duggan explores the history and craftsmanship of the power reserve indicator in his latest in depth article.
Under the loupe: three Patek Philippe auctions to watch
Three rare and extraordinary Patek Philippe watches are going under the hammer in November 2019. David Duggan takes a closer look at each timepiece and gives his thoughts on what makes them so special.
David Duggan and Ross Povey talk Tudor
Love Tudor watches? Find out what renowned Tudor experts, David Duggan and Ross Povey, think of the Tudor resurgence in the UK, what’s hot from Tudor right now and what the next big trends will be.
In profile: Rolex Explorer
The Rolex Explorer is one of Rolex’s most popular and iconic models. Rolex expert, David Duggan, takes an in-depth look at exactly what makes this watch so special and enduringly popular.
At your service - how to keep your watch in mint condition
David Duggan Watches is one of the few locations in the UK with a fully approved Rolex servicing centre. Get advice on what to expect from a watch service from Service Manager, Tony Gedalovitch.
In profile: Rolex Cosmograph
With actor and race car driver Paul Newman as its poster boy, it’s no wonder the Rolex Cosmograph became an icon of both the horological and motor sport worlds. And, it’s just as popular today. Find out more in our in-depth profile.
In profile: Patek Philippe Nautilus
Now, more than ever, the Patek Philippe Nautilus is considered the world’s most prestigious and desirable luxury sports watch. One To Watch takes a closer look at this iconic timepiece and finds out what makes it so popular and why it has become such a sound investment.
In Profile: Rolex Submariner
Vintage Rolex specialist, David Duggan Watches, explores the history, features and functions of the iconic Submariner. Read the article and explore David's current list of pre-owned Rolex watches here.
A Guide to: the Moonphase Complication
The moonphase may not be the world’s most accurate complication, but it is certainly one of the most collectable. David Duggan explores the history and craftsmanship of the moonphase in his latest in depth article.
Your first five Patek Philippes
Thinking about starting a collection of Patek Philippe watches? Pre-owned Patek Philippe specialist David Duggan has all the advice you need in his new collector’s guide, covering the Calatrava, Aquanaut, Nautilus, Perpetual Calendar and, of course, the iconic Minute Repeater.
A guide to: the tourbillon complication
A tourbillon counters the effects of gravity on a watch’s accuracy by mounting the escapement and balance wheel inside a rotating cage  ̶  hence its name, the French word for ‘whirlwind’. We investigate why it's such a special complication.
Meteorite dials: a watch that’s out of this world
Since the dawn of time, people have looked to the heavens in wonder. And then, on 20 July 1969, we stopped wondering and landed two men on the moon. It was an extraordinary feat of human endeavour – the technology in the average car today is greater than that in Apollo 1. Fifty years on, the achievement remains a source of fascination, particularly as commercial space travel could soon be reality.
From Blackburn to Burlington
Find out how David’s career started on with pocket watches and old coins before becoming one of London's best-known watch dealers, in the first part of the David Duggan Story.
An incredibly rare Patek Philippe pocket watch enamelled by Suzanne Rohr
David Duggan Watches brings you the story of one-of-a-kind pocket watch. Housed until recently in the Patek Philippe Museum, Geneva, this extraordinary watch is the handiwork of Patek Philippe’s master enameller, Suzanne Rohr, and is a prime example of master craftsmanship.
A guide to: Alarm Complications
We discover how the fully functioning mechanical alarm watch was developed by watchmakers Vulcain in 1947 and what the complication has developed into.