Brothers Jonathan and Jeremy Barker opened the first branch of The WATCH Lab in Liverpool in October 2000. From day 1they employed a Rolex Accredited Watchmaker to set the standards for all of their watch repairs tapping into a marketplace wide open for someone at last to ‘do-the-job-properly’. Within 12 months they had opened further branches in Leeds and Preston. On 1st April 2016 The WATCH Lab was bought by Aurum. The decision to sell was driven by the need to expand the business quickly and make The WATCH Lab’s unique offering available to the majority of the UK’s population rather than just some of it.
Talking about the acquisition Brian Duffy, Chief Executive Officer of Aurum said: “We are thrilled to acquire The WATCH Lab, a fantastic business and a market leader in this dynamic area. We believe this is a perfect addition to Aurum’s growing portfolio of outstanding retail brands. It’s been a pleasure to work with Jonathan and Jeremy in this process and we at Aurum look forward to working with them as colleagues.
Now operating nationally in over 20 prime locations from Glasgow to Southampton, The WATCH Lab has come a long way. With accessible repair labs for a large percentage of the UK population and a trusted postal service, it is now easy to get watches repaired. With solid IT systems, CCTV and video links to Head Office Master Watchmakers, the customer experience is straight forward, positive and informative. The WATCH Lab Head Office supports its branches with top level Accreditation for many brands including Omega, Longines, Rado, Certina, CK and Tissot.
The WATCH Lab - Hanley - The Potteries Shopping Centre
The WATCH Lab - Manchester - Arndale Centre
The WATCH Lab - York - 22 Coney Street
The WATCH Lab - TWL - Woking