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All you need to know about Steven Hale and the world of watches

Celebrating British Watchmakers

Image © The Times

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.

If you would like your watch valued for insurance or for sale, our experts will be delighted to help. We can also advise on essential servicing and repairs to keep your watch in top working order.

Contact us now on 0208 088 6439 or email us at


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What our customers had to say

"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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"I have just had my 1934 Rolex Oyster repaired. From start to finish I had full confidence in every one I had contact with at Steven Hale. They have been very efficient in identifying the problems at the initial examination and dealing with them as promised. There were no nasty surprises and unexpected complications along the way. Because of the age of my watch, spares are not available, and new parts have had to be made - all very expertly done. They even polished the gold case and my 86yr old watch now looks as good as new. You can certainly trust these people with your precious timepieces."


What our customers had to say

"Fantastic job repairing a family heirloom pocket watch which will now return home to Namibia.
The service was superb with detailed repair and service quote. Communication throughout was equally great leaving you with the confidence that you watch is in the best possible hands."


What our customers had to say

"I had bought a 1970s Pepsi GMT at auction and it needed some work. The lume on the hands was breaking up. Rolex UK wanted some hilarious price and threatened to replace the hands with new ones if their work failed - all at my expense of course. Steven Hale and co managed to repair the hands and maintain the original patina of the 40 plus year old watch which was of course crucial! Highly recommended."


What our customers had to say

"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."