Richard’s New Lecture List 2016-2017

Tuesday November 8 2016. I am delighted to announce that my new schools lecture list for Winter 2016 – Spring 2017 is now available. I am already booked for 3 February at Brambletye Scool in Sussex and am very much looking forward to it. The leCture they have chosen is THE CURSE OF MARS AND OTHER SPACE STORIES. In this lecture I I examine the reasons for the recent loss of the ExoMars lander any why it is so difficult to get to the Red Planet. From there I discuss the problems of visiting Venus and finally, in the  third section of the lecture, I discuss my recent book on thedeep-space Voyager probes, NASA Voyager 1&2, the Haynes Workshop Manual.

You can download the lecture list HERE

Do get in touch if you would like me to come and talk to your school.

My Passion for Pocket Watches goes online

Our on-line shop now has an Etsy outlet at ( .

Evenlode_Collectables  sells classic pocket watches from American Railroad grade watches to First World War Trench watches to 18th Century verge watches. These are rare antiques and tend to be for serious collectors.

Our Etsy site ( sells watches that we have designed new dials for (because the original enamel dial has been damaged). These are great fun to make and you can of course specify a design if you would like us to make one for you.

I also have a physical outlet at The Quiet Woman Antique Centre at Southcombe near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire (

Please browse our online shops or drop in and see our watches – both classic and bespoke dials – at The Quiet Woman.

If you want to discuss any watches do drop us a line at

Waltham Pocket Watch with Masonic Dial

A 16 size (case diameter 50mm) Waltham Hunting Cased Pocket Watch. The dial is an Evenlode Collectables original with a Masonic motif. These dials are hand-crafted in our workshops and finished to a very high standard (see pictures). They are measured, constructed and fitted by hand (each movement is slightly different). The movement is a Waltham seven jewel standard 16s 1908 model, grade 610, movement with a Breguet Spring that is running strongly. Serial number is 27136307 which dates it to 1930. The case is a lovely Aaron Dennison Gold Filled case. Serial Number 205121. It is made of two plates of 10 carat gold and a middle layer of composition (brass). It is a ‘Star’ case. This case is not showing any brass. There are a couple of very minor dings on the case which are hard to see.  Please note: This is a vintage watch fitted with a bespoke dial. All our watches are checked and, if necessaary, cleaned and oiled before they leave Evenlode Collectables but regretfully we cannot offer a guarantee with an item of this age. That said, we will be happy to help you with repairs should they required in the future. Customer service and responsiveness are central to our business. PLEASE NOTE: WE ALSO MAKE DIALS TO ORDER. WE WILL NEED A HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGE OF YOUR SUBJECT  (RELATIVE, PET ETC). PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. £199