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THE WATCH TAILOR
Perhaps Harold inherited his aptitude from the 18th Century Pinchbecks, who made timepieces of the highest quality for the grandest customers, including Royalty. I hope that our current range of English watches takes its inspiration from Harold, with Christopher - and Christopher - looking over our shoulders!
Who is Harold Pinchbeck now – and what makes us different?
We’re a small company, based in the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral, and run by people who are committed to making high quality watches and giving superlative service. We work closely with English suppliers wherever we can, for example for engineering and leatherwork. It’s not the cheapest approach, but it’s true to our heritage and it helps give our watches their integrity.
Paul Harold Pinchbeck
There can be few businesses today that can claim family links to the same trade after 300 years. My most celebrated forebears were the two Christopher Pinchbecks, father and son, who made clocks and watches in 18th Century London, yet our company is named after my own Grandfather, Harold Hunter Pinchbeck, who lived from 1892 to 1957.
Harold is less famous than the two Christophers, but his name gives a more direct link with our heritage. His life saw the development of the wristwatch, and the elegant style of that era is still very influential. Training as a watchmaker in Hull before setting up business in Lincolnshire in the 1920s, Harold expanded into audio electronics. I can just remember him, but like to think that I have inherited many of his values from my Father, including an appreciation of good engineering and the importance of doing things ‘properly’.
Harold Hunter Pinchbeck - 1914
Harold Pinchbeck's shop, 13 - 15 George Street.