Discovering an interest in watches at an early age, Charles Tearle began his professional career in 1990 when he joined Somlo Antiques, a prestigious vintage and antique watch retailer in London, remaining there for over a decade. In 2004 he commenced his journey in the auction arena joining Bonhams auctioneers in London as Head of the Clock and Watch Department, relocating a year later to San Francisco then Los Angeles to establish a watch department for the company in the United States. In 2008 he joined Antiquorum, one of the worlds most renowned and historically important watch auctioneers as a Director and Watch Expert. Charles remained with Antiquorum based in Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong before being approached by Sotheby’s to join the company as Head of the Watch Department in Asia. During the period Charles was employed Sotheby's HK watch department enjoyed it's most successful years since being established, including the highest total for a watch auction in the company's history. In 2014 Charles became an independent consultant assisting collectors and enthusiasts.
Specializing in vintage wristwatches from the 1920’s to the 1970’s, Charles has a personal interest in Patek Philippe, Cartier and Rolex sports watches. While maintaining a love of all things vintage, he follows the modern Swiss watch industry closely, with a particular interest in Independent watchmakers; from its launch in 2009 until 2011 he was co-moderator on the Time-Zone Richard Mille forum. Charles Tearle has built an enviable international reputation for his knowledge and work ethic after bringing to the market previously unknown, exceptional watches, as well as his honest and direct opinion. He enjoys discussing his passion, whether it is on a one-to-one basis or as a live group presentation and has provided talks on the watch market to enthusiasts and investors as well as writing numerous watch-related articles for magazines. Charles' knowledge and enthusiasm have gained him appearances as a watch expert on television as well as often being quoted for his professional opinion in magazines and newspapers including The Telegraph, Financial Times, Financial Times Magazine, Mens Journal, GQ and Business Times.
With almost 30 years experience in the watch industry encompassing both retail and auction platforms, Charles Tearle is considered in the forefront of his field as one of the most knowledgeable and engaging people on vintage wristwatches. In 2012 Charles was featured on the cover of the Financial Times 'Watches This Space' magazine in Hong Kong.