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Celebrating British Watchmakers

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The inaugural celebration of British Watchmakers’ Day will be held on Saturday, 9th March 2024 at the Lindley Hall (Royal Horticultural Halls) in Westminster, hosted by the Association of British Watch & Clock Makers.

You might ask, why, if we only service luxury Swiss-made watches, are we interested? Probably because, just like you, we love all things watch related. British Horology is undergoing a fantastic renaissance. Artisan workshops are springing up across the UK, creating new brands aimed at challenging the Swiss stronghold.

At the moment they do have mountains to climb, but as watch experts, we know the skills, designs and patience are there to deliver some exquisite timepieces.

And if you are a dedicated collector, you’ll be interested to learn that several of the UK’s leading watch designers are creating Special Edition watches for exclusive sale at the British Watchmakers’ Day.

These future collectables will be extremely limited and sold on a first-come-first-served basis. Early information has it that Chairman of the British Alliance of Watch & Clock makers, Roger W. Smith, will be producing a unique Series One and Christopher Ward will be making a special Bel Canto for the event.

You can register for details here >. Tickets will go on sale in October.

Contact us now on 0208 088 6439 or email us at enquiries@shwr.co.uk

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I picked up my 64 year old watch today from Steven Hale after Rolex themselves referred me. I've waited 6 months to be reunited with it (due to it being a vintage), and I am beyond chuffed! I have previously taken the watch to a specialist but was turned away due to its age. But for the first time in years, the experts at Steven Hale have made it work like new. I applaud the excellent team of knowledgeable staff both in the workshop, but also in the showroom, who explained all my options in meticulous detail. This watch has been passed down three generations and I'm so pleased to have it back in full working order. I couldn't recommend Steven Hale enough for anyone with a special vintage watch, unsure of the best place to get it restored."

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"Just to confirm my Rolex has been delivered & looks absolutely spot on. I’d like to express my thanks to yourself & to all at SHWR for the excellent all round professional service - it’s been much appreciated. With your workload backlog I doubt that your Company needs any further recommendations or endorsements, but should you ever want one please don’t hesitate to contact me. With my thanks once again & my best regards."

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"My great grand-father's Breguet was given to me by my father for my 21st birthday. 30 years later, post restoration by SHWR, it is in far better shape than I have ever seen it. SHWR's craftsmanship is immaculate. The firm is polite, professional and honest. Outstanding - I cannot recall another occasion when I have been so favourably impressed."

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"These are watch lovers and it shows. Their meticulous craftsmanship and expertise make them unique in London and I suspect that only in Switzerland may their equivalents be found. The experience of Steven Hale Watch Restoration begins with the talented and charming individuals who are client facing in South Molton Street and who instil a confidence that is consequently fully fulfilled. This firm represents unequalled talent in its field as well as exceptional client service. I have seldom recommended anyone with greater conviction."

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