Watch Club Easter opening hours:
This weekend is a public holiday in the United Kingdom.
We will be CLOSED on FRIDAY 29 March 2013.
We will be OPEN on SATURDAY 30 March2013, 10:30-5:00.
We will be CLOSED on MONDAY 1 April 2013
We will resume normal working hours (Monday to Saturday, 10:00-17:30) on Tuesday 2 April 2013.
Founded in 1981 in Beaconsfield and later Clerkenwell, we were established in the heart of London’s Mayfair in 1996. We are the oldest company in London to exclusively specialise in vintage and rare wristwatches; horologists through and through, we have never traded in silverware, jewellery, cufflinks, etc. It’s watches and only watches!
We have a solid reputation, built on good service and unbiased advice to all our clients. Over the years our customers—we are proud to say—have rewarded this work ethic by being extremely loyal to us, something for which we would like to thank you.
In December 2008 we expanded our shop to double its original size. It was always a bit cramped, especially when one visitor was hoping to sell us the very same type of watch that the person in the next seat was trying to buy! We also changed our name from Royal Arcade Watches to Watch Club, and added a new window display with fine vintage watches from 1930 to the 1980s.
Our main business is buying and selling pre-owned and vintage watches directly from and to the public. We are fiercely proud of our high standards and expectations when it comes to the condition of our watches; we make a point of always having the country’s best examples of pre-owned and vintage wristwatches in stock. We do not restore the dials of vintage watches, nor do we heavily polish the cases. As with old furniture and motor-cars, original finish is pre-eminent.
The refurbishment and rebranding of our shop has proved a great success and the generous and positive feedback we have had has been heartwarming and well worth the effort, chaos and dust endured during the extensive building work. We would love to show you our elegant premises, where you can discuss watches in a relaxed atmosphere, without any pressure or prejudice toward a certain brand.
We buy, sell, and part-exchange all good watches. Please visit us; our group of experienced horologists, who all share a passion for watches, are ready to welcome you when you call.
We offer a two-year guarantee from the date of sale. This guarantee warrants the correct functioning of the watch, as it should when leaving the factory. We also guarantee the originality of all our watches.
We do not offer refunds for watches purchased from the shop. Depending on the circumstances, we may offer a credit note. Naturally, this does not affects the statutory rights you have as a consumer. Our watches are sold under the Margin Scheme, a British VAT system catering to second-hand and antique items. The prices advertised are NETT. Goods purchased under this arrangement have no VAT element within the prices, and therefore there is no VAT reclaimable. They are effectively tax-free.
Residents of fellow European Union countries are NOT subject to import duty or taxes upon importation of goods from us.
The photography on our web site:
We invest an enormous amount of time and resources on this web site, probably more than any other company of our size. We employ a full-time professional photographer and his assistant to make sure that the photos on the site are as close to the real thing as possible. The colours are carefully balanced so as to render an accurate depiction of the watches in question.
Our pictures ARE:
- Genuine shots, taken in-house, of the actual watches we have in stock, including their boxes and certificates.
- Uploaded daily, so that you have a very accurate picture of what’s in stock.
- Our intellectual property; please don’t re-publish or use our pictures unfairly.
Our pictures are NOT:
- Scanned, borrowed, downloaded, etc, from anybody else.
- They are NOT images supplied through the catalogues or web sites of the manufacturers.
- Airbrushed or “photoshopped” to look better than they are – a certain amount of colour-correction is all that we do, in order to compensate for varying light intensity across the shots.
We can’t show you how we set up the shots or any of our techniques, but our photographer has some incredible equipment and he has perfected the techniques we use over the course of many years. If you go back in the archives of the web site you will see the photography’s natural evolution.
Here he is at work in the studio: