James Stratton is the only professionally qualified valuer of clocks in the auction world today. While studying for his MRICS qualification, he won two national awards, the Leslie Woodhams Prize and the Arnold Foot Award, and passed with Merit in 1990. He joined the Clock Department at New Bond Street in 1993. Since then, sale highlights have included the stunning late 18th century three-foot-high automata elephant clock once in the collection of Nasir al-Din Shah, which made £279,000; the second most expensive modern wristwatch ever sold at auction, the Patek Philippe reference 3974 perpetual calendar in platinum, which sold for £355,000; and more recently discovered an English ebony bracket clock attributed to Ahasuerus Fromanteel (£692,000) and a rare clock believed to have been designed for Napoleon's Exposition publique des produits de l'industrie Francaise in 1801 (£322,400). James is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and an active member of the Antiquarian Horological Society.