NEW! BWCMG Watch Parts Database

The Guild is pleased to announce the opening of the new Watch Parts Database. This free tool allows you to manage your parts stock. On top of that, you can share your parts with others. If you are a watchmaker, a parts seller, or just someone who bought a lot of parts on eBay, it doesn't mattter.

Just register, and you are ready to go. This site is also a great management tool for watch parts, no matter if you want to sell parts or not. You can mark your stock as hidden, or set minimum stock levels for yourself. I am a watchmaker and I use this site for my own stock administration. With unlimited amounts of hierarchical stock locations, no part will ever get lost again in your workshop (unless you drop it somewhere and you can't find it.

Visit the database at www.watchparts.org.uk

Membership Subscriptions - Please Pay Promptly

Don't forget it is now time to renew your Guild membership subscription for 2018.
You can pay online with PayPal or by BACS, cheque or standing order, via the Secretary Bob Moir.
Tel 07955 192263 or email sec@bwcmg.org
 

Retired members are of great value to the Guild and pay a reduced annual subscription fee.

To qualify for this status you must have previously been a full member of the Guild and no longer be working in the trade or running any type of horological business.

Retired members will not be included in the Members' Website Address Guide in the Green Book or in the Find A Repairer on the Guild website.

Latest News

M&P
12 Mar

Established horological supplier Meadows & Passmore is hoping that a new owner can be found to take over the reins after 40 years in business.

02 Jan

The latest clock to come out of the Yorkshire-based luxury clock making company Sinclair Harding was unveiled to great accolade recently.

The two train Condliff has been a three year partnership project between owner Bob Bray and esteemed Sheffield clockmaker J Malcolm Wild.

02 Jan

A Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, Ref 6239, owned by Hollywood actor Paul Newman, has sold for a record breaking $17,752,500 at a New York auction, making it the most expensive watch to ever go under the hammer.

In sterling this equates to £13,493,675; Swiss Francs CHF 17,709,894; and Euros €15,228,095.

02 Oct

The only mechanical clock in the world which is adjustable for longitude and latitude has just been unveiled.

Big Ben
16 Aug

Crowds gathered in Parliament Square on Monday 21 August to hear The Great Bell of Westminster strike midday for the last time until 2021. It has now been silenced to allow for major conservation work to be carried out.

05 Jul

Late yesterday afternoon, our lawyers in Zurich received the ruling we have been waiting for from the Court in Bern. I am pleased to advise you that the Judge has declared the claim that Swatch brought against us to be inadmissible under Swiss Law, and has dismissed the case.

A final glimpse through the Foundry door. Photo courtesy of James Nye.
02 May

Britain’s oldest manufacturing business closes its doors in May after supplying bells to the horological trade for 450 years.

The Whitechapel Bell Foundry – makers of Big Ben and the American Liberty Bell - is to close in May after almost 450 years in business, marking the end of an era in bell making.

03 Jan

Five Swiss watchmakers have got together to develop an open-source construction for a watch movement. The plans for the components will be freely available and anyone can use them to make the movement or parts for the movement.

03 Jan

A thoroughly modern fundraising method is being employed to help restore an important Vulliamy clock which is almost 200 years old.

The clock, at St Luke’s, West Norwood, was built in 1825 at a cost of £357 and is the first ‘flatbed’ turret clock in the UK.

24 Oct

A new DVD is available, which charts the completion of a working replica of John Harrison’s H4 navigational timepiece. A review is now available along with details of how to purchase the DVD.

This DVD will help to raise money for Prostrate Cancer UK, in memory of brilliant watchmaker Derek Pratt, the inspiration behind the project. 

Representing and Supporting the British Watch and Clock Industry

The Guild is the representative organisation for Professional Horologists in Britain. We involve ourselves in any issue that is relevant to supporting the Trade. We work to help ensure that Watch and Clock Makers are able to earn a fair living for their efforts, and that Consumers get proper value for money when buying time pieces, or when having them Serviced and Repaired.

If you earn all or part of your living from Horology, then you should be a member of The British Watch and Clock Makers Guild. If you are a consumer wanting to buy a Watch or Clock, or have an existing one serviced or repaired, look for our Membership Certificate at any outlet you visit. 

Membership of The British Watch and Clock Makers' Guild is by election and is available to those who are professionally engaged in any branch of horology and allied crafts. A Membership Certificate is issued to all members immediately after being elected to membership.

Membership applications forms can be downloaded from the membership link.

brief history of The British Watch and Clock Makers' can be found elsewhere on our site.

The site contains a geographical list of links to Guild members with websites, it also contains links to other related websites.

Those wishing to purchase materials for their clocks or watches; books on Horology will find links to material houses and booksellers on this site. 

People interested in Horology will find some suggestions for visiting museums and stately houses with Horological collections.

The Guild regrets that they do not undertake research or give information on specific types of watches or clocks or their makers to non Guild members.

The British Watch and Clock Makers' Guild is not to be held responsible for any advice or product that is part of any advertisement within this or any linked web sites. Such responsibility lies solely with the company or individual advertising.

Click here for contact details of The British Watch and Clock Makers' Guild.

TimePiece

1 Nov 2017

Inside this latest issue of TimePiece you will find a wide rang of horological articles, news, events and services - something for everyone to enjoy.

Read now (PDF 4M)

Events

March

18 Midland Clock and Watch Fair, National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, B92. www.clockandwatchfairs.co.uk

22-27 Baselworld, Messe Basel, Switzerland. www.baselworld.com

25 BHI Spring Forward Show, Upton Hall, Upton, Newark, Notts, NG23 5TE. 10am-4pm. www.bhi.co.uk

April

8 Brunel Clock and Watch Fair, Sports Hall, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UB8 3PN. www.clockandwatchfairs.co.uk

22 West Country Clock & Watch Fairs, Holiday Inn Taunton M5 Jct 25, Deane Gate Avenue, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2UA. www.westcountryclockfairs.co.uk

22 Essex Clock and Watch Fair, Marks Tey Parish Hall, Old London Road, Marks Tey, Colchester CO6 1EJ. www.ipswichbhi.org.uk

May

10 BWCMG Board Meeting and AGM,  Friends Meeting House, 173, Euston Road, London . NW1 2BJ, 2pm.

12 & 13 AHS Annual Meeting, Keele University, Staffordshire, including a series of horological lectures.  www.ahsoc.org

13 Midland Clock and Watch Fair, National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, B92. www.clockandwatchfairs.co.uk

June

3 BHI Clock and Watch Fair, Upton Hall, Upton, Newark, Notts, NG23 5TE. 9am-2pm. www.bhi.co.uk

10-23 Birmingham City University Inspire Graduate Shows. www.bcu.ac.uk

July

1 BHI Summer Show, Upton Hall, Upton, Newark, Notts, NG23 5TE. 10am-4pm. www.bhi.co.uk

19 AHS London Lecture Series, ‘Staking a Claim to ‘’Practical Science:’’ the Clockmakers versus the Spectacle Makers in the London 18th Century’, by Rebekah Higgitt, at The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), 12 Great George Street, Parliament Square, London, SW1P 3AD., 5.45pm for 6.15pm. Lectures are free but you must register via the online booking system. Places are limited. www.ahsoc.org

August

9 BWCMG Board Meeting,  Friends Meeting House, 173, Euston Road, London . NW1 2BJ, 2pm.

24-26 Furtwangen Clock and Watch Fair, Hoschschule, Furtwangen University. www.antik-uhrenboerse.eu

September

2 Midland Clock and Watch Fair, National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, B92. www.clockandwatchfairs.co.uk

4-8 Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair, Hong Kong Convention and Exhbition Centre. www.hktde.com/fair/hkwatchfair

20 AHS London Lecture Series, ‘The Knibb Clocks of the University of St Andrews and the Origins of the Tic-Tac Escapement’, by John Redfern, at The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), 12 Great George Street, Parliament Square, London, SW1P 3AD, 5.45pm for 6.15pm. Lectures are free but you must register via the online booking system. Places are limited. www.ahsoc.org

20-22 Cars, Clocks & Watches, The NAWCC Ward Francillon Time Symposium, at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Dearborn, Michigin. www.carsclocksandwatches.com

27 BHI Awards and Education Day, Upton Hall, Upton, Newark, Notts, NG23 5TE. 10am-4pm. www.bhi.co.uk

28 BHI Fall Back Show, Upton Hall, Upton, Newark, Notts, NG23 5TE. 10am-4pm. www.bhi.co.uk

October

14 Essex Clock Fair, Marks Tey Parish Hall, Old London Road, Marks Tey, Colchester CO6 1EJ. www.ipswichbhi.org.uk

21 Midland Clock and Watch Fair, National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, B92. www.clockandwatchfairs.co.uk

November

8 BWCMG Board Meeting,  Friends Meeting House, 173, Euston Road, London . NW1 2BJ, 2pm.

15 AHS London Lecture Series, ‘Time before the Oscillator: Horology in the 13th Century Manuscripts of the Libros del Saber,’ by Sebastian Whitestone, at The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), 12 Great George Street, Parliament Square, London, SW1P 3AD, 5.45pm for 6.15pm. Lectures are free but you must register via the online booking system. Places are limited. www.ahsoc.org

25 West Country Clock & Watch Fairs,  Holiday Inn Taunton M5 Jct 25, Deane Gate Avenue, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2UA. www.westcountryclockfairs.co.uk

 


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