AUCTIONS

Military wristwatches are tough, austerely designed, plentiful and cheap - ideal for the beginner collector. Also, the future might bring a macho vogue for them - who knows? They sell for less than £50 at watch fairs, and at Bonhams Chelsea clock and watch sale, Monday (11am) three are lotted together with an estimate of only £40-£60.

A stainless-steel automatic diver's Omega Seamaster of the 1970s is estimated £80-£120. Omega lost ground to Rolex in that decade by turning out some really ugly watches. But this one is handsome.

Ladies' watches are relatively cheap because of competition from jewellery. Twelve 20th-century watches, 10 of them ladies', are lotted together at £250-£350.

It is a good week for collectables at Bonhams, where studio glass is likely to show further recovery in Friday's decorative arts sale (11am). It will be a long time before Daum regains its precarious price pinnacle of five years ago, when a slender cloudy blue and green wheel-carved ewer might have fetched as much as £12,000, instead of the £6,500-£8,500 estimated in this sale.

Lalique, another volatile market, is becoming more confident. In the same sale, there are 50 lots, with plenty of quintessential vases and bowls under £500. Avoid chips.

A third Bonhams sale focuses on the firm's new-found market for mirrors on Tuesday (2pm). There are a dozen Victorian gilt overmantel mirrors. One is modestly estimated £100-150.

A crossbow from a performance of Swan Lake, signed by Nureyev and Fonteyn, is estimated £1,500-£2,000 in Sotheby's sale of textiles on Thursday (10.30am).

COUNTRYWIDE

Birmingham: Leathers - more than 500 lots of motorcycle jackets, ladies' flying jackets, nappa and cowhide trousers, skirts, waistcoats and children's jackets, Monday (11am). Clare's Auction Rooms, 70 Park Street, Digbeth (021 643 0226).

Glasgow: Scottish and sporting pictures, Royal Scottish Automobile Club, Tuesday (6pm). Sotheby's (0171 493 8080).

Tavistock: The CW Northcott collection of model railway, lead soldiers, Meccano, aero kits, diecast and library of railway books. Rare "0" and "00" gauge such as the Hornby Princess Elizabeth and Golden Arrow. Lead and plastic soldiers, Dinky, Corgi and Lesney toys, Monday (10.30am). Robin Fenner, The Stannary Gallery, Drake Road (01822 617595).

Leicester: More than 900 lots of antique and modern woodworking tools, Wednesday (11am). Barden Hall Hotel, near Coalville. David Stanley Auctions (01530 222320).

Stroud: Ministry of Defence surplus - pedestal desks, office tables, glass bookcases, Tuesday (11am). MOD (PE) Stores, Aston Down. JFT Law (01905 621212).

FAIRS

Olympia Fine Art and Antiques: French and Dutch with Continental furniture and artworks will be among the 100 dealers. A John Constable exhibition features previously unseen pictures, Thursday-Sunday (071 370 8188/8186).

Midland Watch and Clock, 147 stands, tomorrow at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull (0895 834357).

Chester Racecourse Antiques: Thursday-Sunday (Penman 01444 482514).

Art deco and London glass, Battersea Town Hall, London SW11, tomorrow (081-946 6593).

Provincial Booksellers, Hotel Russell, Russell Square, London WC1, tomorrow (0763 248400).

Antique Map and Print, Bonnington Hotel, Southampton Row, London WC1, Monday (01242 514287).

Stonyhurst College Antiques, near Clitheroe, Lancashire, Friday-Sunday (Bailey 0277 362662).

Countrywide: Antiques Trade Gazette (0171 930 4957), Government Auction News (0171 928 9001, hotline 0891 887700).

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