Vacheron minute repeater
Vacheron minute repeater
Vacheron minute repeater
Vacheron minute repeater

Vacheron minute repeater

Vacheron minute repeater

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This is a wonderful example of Swiss workmanship in a pocket watch: this watch has a feature whereby the watch can be made to chime the time on demand - you simply pull the little slide on the side of the case and the watch will begin chiming - first the hours, then the quarters and finally the minutes. The minute repeater was considered one of the most complicated mechanical features to create and this would have been an expensive and valuable possession for the original owner. The watch dates from around the first decade of the 20th century.

Perhaps because of the value of the watch, the owner has had a special dial made with their name on it. I’m not sure who this Herbert Jones was, although this was also the name of King Edward VII’s jockey, who was involved in the fatal collision with the suffragette Emily Davison at the Derby in 1913. Intriguingly the watch dates from the period when he would have been active - perhaps it could have been a gift from a grateful gambler? Of course there is no provenance that links this watch to Herbert Jones the jockey, so this is pure speculation on my part! 

The watch is engraved “Fabrique pour Vacheron & Constantin” on the inner cuvette, this means that the watch was made by an approved watchmaker from the Jura region and sold via the Vacheron & Constantin distribution network. In effect it was a kind of sub-brand for the prestigious Vacheron & Constantin, allowing them to broaden their reach to a wider market. Vacheron & Constantin are one of the oldest watch makers in Switzerland, dating their founding to 1755 - you can learn all about the contemporary company here

The watch has been fully serviced by a master watchmaker and is in excellent working order. The watch has a gunmetal case with gold hinges and lips, gunmetal refers to steel which is heat treated to oxidise it and so give some protection against corrosion (stainless steel, which doesn’t rust was not used in the watch industry until the 1930s). The engraving on the gun metal has, over time, introduced some amazing stress lines into the steel, which is why the outline of the letters looks like it has a spider's web on it!

Please see vintage watch care advice here.

Case diameter (excluding winding crown): 48mm
Case material: Gunmetal (oxidised steel)
Time keeping: grade A


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Shipping guide for watches

UK: FREE DPD shipping, 1-2 working days
United States & Canada: FREE Fedex shipping, 1-3 working days
The EU: FREE DHL shipping, 1-3 working days. To order to The EU, please visit our Euro website here (duties and taxes are included in the price of your watch).

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Shipping guide for t-shirts

Our t-shirts are printed by us and shipped from our workshop in London. This means if you place an order for both a watch and t-shirt(s), they will be shipped together via an express service. Delivery times for these can be found here.

If you order a t-shirt without a watch, it will be shipped via a Royal Mail tracked service which usually takes a little longer. You can see an estimated timescale when you input your address at the checkout.

Shipping guide for watch straps

If purchased separately from your watch, watch straps will be shipped with Royal Mail 1st Class / International tracked shipping.

This takes 2-14 working days depending on location. You can see a more accurate timescale when you input your address at the checkout.

These delivery times are a guide based on the carriers terms of service, products may, in some unusual cases take longer to arrive. If this happens, please get in touch.

Return your watch for an exchange

We are happy to exchange unworn watches.

Fastening the watch will cause damage to the leather. If this is the case, we charge for the watch strap (or we can put the worn strap on the exchanged watch for free).

Please email us directly if you think your watch is faulty.

Return your watch for a refund

To return for a full refund, you have 30 days if purchased online. After this time we can offer an exchange if your watch hasn’t been worn.

If you purchased your watch in-store, we can offer an exchange or store credit only. This is because you’ve seen the watch in person and had the opportunity to try it on. Please let us know if you’re purchasing as a gift.

T-shirt returns and Exchanges

We recommend checking the measurements of our t-shirts on our size guide before placing your order, you can also check them here

However, if your t-shirt is faulty, we can offer an exchange or a refund. In this circumstance, please email us within 30 days of placing your order, with a photograph of the problem, as well as your order number.

To return other products (such as straps) please email us: to arrange this.

UK returns

1) Generate your free returns label here.

2) Print it off and stick it to your original packaging.

3) Take it to your local post office. Find your closest here.

(If you no longer have your original packaging, please ensure your watch is securely wrapped in bubble wrap / something similar to protect it in transit).

NB please include a short note describing the issue with the watch and your contact details.

EU and International returns

Please send the watch to this address:

Mr Jones Watches (repairs)
61 Dartmouth Road
London SE23 3HN
United Kingdom

Ensure the watch is securely wrapped in bubble wrap to protect it in transit.

Please include a note stating:

- the reason for the return
- a detailed description of the problem with your watch (if sending for repair)
- your email address and your order number
- remember to include your return delivery address, (so we know where to send the repaired watch)

We recommend you use a tracked service. 

As the UK is no longer in the EU, you will have to fill in a Customs Declaration form (usually a CN22).

Please write in the description field "wristwatch, return for factory repair / refund , no commercial value." 

This is essential otherwise an import duty will be levied which you will be liable for (there is no way for us to reclaim this charge).

Please note: we do not cover shipping costs for unwanted items, returned from outside of the UK. If you are returning a watch that is faulty we may be able to reimburse shipping costs if your watch is within warranty, please contact us ahead of sending in this instance.

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