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J E Allnutt & Son Ltd M.B.H.I, WatchMakers, ClockMakers and Jewellers, West Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9NQ, UK.
tel: +44 (0)1730 813495 eMail:

Welcome to littlecogs, the vintage wristwatch site of J E Allnutt and Son

We are delighted to announce we will open for business on
Monday 12 April 2021

We will continue to follow the government advice on social distancing and safety guidelines.

If you have any questions prior to your visit, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01730 813495.

For a selection of vintage watches go to
For a selection of Jewellery and Gifts go to
For a selection of Antique Clocks & Scientific Equipment go to

We thank for your continued support.
Geoff Allnutt and the team

Site last updated Saturday 10th April 2021, new stock added Wednesday 11th November 2020
Let me know when new watch stock is added

See all the reasons why you should buy a vintage wristwatch in The Independent's article
"Haute horology: Why real style icons splash out on a vintage watch"
and yes - we do get a mention.

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J E Allnutt & Son specalise in the sale and restoration of vintage wristwatches and antique clocks. Our large and varied watch stock changes on a regular basis; however, if you cannot find the wristwatch you require or if you have specific requirements then please contact us and we will try to locate the watch you desire. We also have a mailing list to update you when we add new stock: to join please see the mailing list button on the left hand side of the page. The littlecogs website aims to showcase and sell a range of vintage wristwatches including Omega, Movado, Longines, Rolex, IWC, Patek and Jaeger Le Coultre and military watches whilst also reflecting their history and explaining why these time pieces are so unique.


Our family business

John Allnutt 1934 – 2004, was a watchmaker for over fifty years completing his apprenticeship in 1951, after which he worked for J.W Benson in New Bond Street, London. Having time spent as a watchmaker for Kingsway stores in Nigeria and Ghana, in 1965, he returned to the UK to set up his own business in London. In 1965 he became a Craft Member of the British Horological Institute CMBHI and in 1981 moved his family and business to Midhurst, West Sussex. He retired in 2001 leaving Geoff, his son, to run the family business.


Geoff Allnutt

Geoff Allnutt MBHI

Started trading and restoring second hand and vintage watches in 1984.  Geoff started his career working alongside his father, John when he was 14. At 16 he left Midhurst and studied horology in London for three years at Hackney Technical College passing the final grade of the British Horological Institute exams with merit in 1985. He then embarked on the famous WOSTEP (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Program) course in Neuchatel Switzerland studying under master watchmaker Antoine Simonin. Upon his return to the UK he rejoined the family business and for the past thirty years he has successfully developed the vintage wristwatch restoration and sales side of the company.

Vanessa Allnutt

Geoff's sister, joined in 1992 and continues to manage the jewellery section, a mixture of contemporary, vintage and antique 18ct gold and silver pieces.

Robert East

Robert East

Shop Manager, joined in January 2010. Robert has over 31 years experience in the jewellery and watch trade and is renowned for his customer service, before, during and after a purchase. He is a member of the Society of Jewellery Historians and has completed a diamond grading course at the International Gemological Institute in Antwerp.

We are also extremely fortunate to retain a very experienced collective of both clock and watchmakers. These craftsmen make up the highly professional team that repair and service the watch and clocks in house at J E Allnutt’s.

Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes MBHI

An antique clock restorer who graduated from the distinguished West Dean College in West Sussex, attaining the West Dean Diploma, BADA and the West Dean Professional Development Diploma. He is also a Craft Scholar from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) which funds the education of talented craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters.

Cameron McNaughton

Cameron McNaughton MBHI

A Watch and Clockmaker responsible for the restoration of antique, vintage and contemporary wristwatches. Cameron graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1993, following a five year apprenticeship at Canterbury Clocks in Melbourne under the tutelage of Ken Payne. He went onto complete, and graduate as the top student, on the WOSTEP course in Neuchatel in 1993, again studying under Master Watchmaker Antoine Simonin, before joining Asprey’s in London and SWICO in Surrey. He is now an independent watchmaker.

Jacob Russell

Jacob Russell MBHI

We also realise that we have a responsibility to pass on this amazing source of knowledge. Geoff is delighted to announce that Jacob Russell, his apprentice for the last 5 years has passed his British Horological Exams with Merit together with the highest mark for his portfolio; thus becoming the youngest Fellow of the British Horological Institute in Britain

Martin Stapeley

Martin Stapeley MBHI

Martin’s horological experience started at the age of 14 years old, working from his bedroom mending alarm clocks.  He then joined his father in the family business from the age of 16 in 1971 serving his apprenticeships and qualifying in 1976.  He became a Craft Member of the BHI and continued to work alongside his father, taking over the business in 1996 until the business was sold in 2006. In 2007 he joined Pressleys Jewellers in Worthing for 4 years before being accredited by Rolex in 2008.  He became self employed and continued to specialise in the repair of vintage wristwatches before joining J E Allnutt’s in 2011.

Patrick Woodward

Patrick Woodward

Following the amazing success of his first apprentice, Jacob Russell FBHI who qualified as the youngest watchmaker in Britain in 2016, Geoff Allnutt, J E Allnutt & Son Limited has recently taken on another young apprentice, Patrick Woodward.

Patrick initially approached Geoff in November 2017, after reading an article about Jacob’s success in the local press, about the possibility of an apprenticeship with J E Allnutt & Son Limited in Midhurst. He initially came in on a trial basis one day a week whilst also continuing for several months with his full time employment in micro electronics. He had approached over 30 companies, most of which did not even respond to his numerous requests for employment. Geoff saw great potential in Patrick and he offered him a full time apprenticeship in watchmaking in April 2018.


The process of training an apprentice is a long term commitment for any employer, in both time and expense, especially for a small business. Therefore Geoff approached several charities and educational trusts to secure the funding for full time training, watchmaking tools and the courses which Patrick would have to complete through the British Horological Institute.

Following intensive applications and interviews we are delighted to announce that Patrick has been accepted by the prestigious George Daniels Educational Trust, QEST (Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) and has also received funding from a local charity, The Betty Martin Foundation in Midhurst."