D.R.A.W. Recruitment

Wrist Watch Specialist


Job Type: Permanent
Pay: Negotiable
Location: London London, UK
Job description:

On behalf of our client a busy and growing auction house we are looking for a specialist to join an existing established wrist watch department. This new position will make a critical contribution to the growth plan and potential for this area and the  successful candidate will play a key role in the consigning and cataloguing of watches in line with the business plan.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Strategic and business development

Work with the Head of Department to:

  •  Develop business contacts and strategic opportunities, including developing auction and private sales strategies
  • Identify and maintain relationships with all client categories (collectors, dealers etc), including the ability to work with major clients in the consignments and sale of high value property
  • Liaise on material in the field with other departments: pre-press, marketing, public relations etc.
  • Proactively research and gather information into the marketplace/trends/buying & selling patterns
  • Liaise with the Head of Department to identify and grow the client base for sourcing and selling of watches

Valuations, cataloguing, pre and post-sale responsibilities

  • Analyse and respond to incoming written, phone and photo enquiries to determine sale potential
  • Work alone and with colleagues to determine provenance, authenticity, value, condition, and marketability of property
  • Write and prepare catalogue essays, work on catalogue production and layout, as appropriate
  • Coordinate pre-sale exhibition set-up, including any displays
  • Work with buyers during sale week, including weekend exhibitions, to market and sell the sale
  • Work with the Marketing team, to help develop a coordinated marketing plan to achieve budgeted sale totals
  • Participate in telephone bidding with clients during the auction
  • Participate in the full after-sales analysis, and implement any agreed changes


  •  Ensure compliance with all internal policies and procedures and any relevant external bodies or processes
  • Participate in organization-wide meetings, activities and processes, and develop internal contacts, networks and interactions as appropriate
  • Actively participate in events, art fairs, and other functions to represent the company
  • Carry out other duties as required by the Head of Department, Directors and Managing Directors


Person Specification

Essential skills and experience

  • Extensive experience in the field, either at auction, within the trade or at another relevant institution
  • Proven ability to develop relationships with the major collectors and dealers
  • Excellent writing skills in English, and ability to combine a scholarly understanding of the material with a commercial sense of marketing and promoting value
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills, including first class spoken English
  • Ability to work to tight auction deadlines, balancing photography, cataloguing, sale organisation, marketing and promotional details
  • Experience working with on projects of all sizes, long- and short-term; demonstrated ability to prioritise a variety of concurrent projects
  • Excellent knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Outlook etc)
  • Ability to learn Auction systems
  • Superior client service skills
  • Strong follow-up skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to thrive within a fast-paced team environment

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • A qualification relevant to watches or other precious objects