Recently, a rare limited edition titanium Speake-Marin watch was sold at an auction for £15,000. The unique Swiss timepiece features a tiny vial containing a drop of Harewood Rum which is over 230 years old, making it the world’s oldest rum. Previously, bottles of the prestigious rum were found in 2011 in an old cellar in Harewood Estate near Leeds. The rum was bought by Wealth Solutions and the work on the Rum Watch project began with Speake-Marin.
A total of 49 of these timepieces were made in which the vial of rum replaces the 11 o’clock mark to signify the time sailors in the Royal Navy were provided their daily rum. The auction which was expected to raise around $9,000 ended up fetching a little over $19,000 (£14,674). Senior watch specialist Michael Jagiela said: “We are so pleased to have sold such a unique piece. […] It is unusual to see such an outstanding timepiece come up for auction, and it was a privilege to be able to sell it.”