Richard E. Gilbert, owner and founder of Ashland,
utilized his wealth of 50 years experience in Horology to publish catalogs
of fine vintage watches and antique jewelry mailed to a select clientele
around the world.
Mr. Gilbert is the co-author of the most referenced
book on antique watches, also referred to as "The Bible" within the
industry, The Complete Price Guide to Watches. This price guide has been a
mainstay in this industry for 25+ years. Mr. Gilbert has also authored
another book titled The Complete Price Guide to Antique Jewelry.
Ashland has bought and sold a number of important
watches and objects of virtue: everything from tourbillions by Houriet,
perpetual repeaters by Patek Philippe, to repeaters by Breguet. Ashland
has been represented in auctions all over the world and continually buys
the finest investment pieces for their private customers.
Examples of important watches that Ashland has
- In 1998, Ashland sold a Ref. 3970/E Patek
Philippe wristwatch with chronograph, perpetual calendar, and moon phase
for $47,500. The most recent example of this watch at auction brought
just over $100,000!
- In 1982, Ashland was selling 23J Waltham Vanguard
Wind Indicators for $300, these are watches that currently sell for
$1,200 - $1,500.
- In 1991, Ashland sold a Ref. 3448 Patek Philippe
perpetual calendar, moon phase wristwatch for $32,000. The same
reference number Patek just brought $128,000 at auction.
- In 1984, Ashland was selling Patek Philippe Men's
dress watches for $1,100, these are watches that bring $4,500 today.
Ashland not only will continue the exceptional trade
record set by Ashland but, with the future of antique timepieces, should
set new records annually.