Just back from my biennial visit to have my watch battery replaced and thought that I’d share this gem of a clock and watch repairer with y’all.
34-38 Maddox Street, just along from St George’s Hannover Square is the home to one of the relicts of the old London workshops of the jewellery quarter, that used to surround the bottom of Bond Street; mostly replaced by glittering clothes and lucrative leather stores. This is an unassuming gem of a place that has survived and even now services those high end jewellers and fashion houses that sell watches.
The workshop and office are based on the third floor and from the pushing of the bell at the front door, all the way through the wood lined hall and up the double door ancient lift you are transported into a different world; a world where precision craft and skill reign over modernity and show.
The tiny reception doubles as the admin centre and there is just room for a single chair for those who want to wait, is hung with original watch mechanism drawings (scale 2382:10) from the 1940’s
I’d recommend waiting, it takes about 20 mins to change the battery on my watch but this narrow view into a delightful world that looks as though it has not changed for the best part of a century though suits and arm bands are replaced by polo shirts and North Face hoodies. While there it’s a good idea to watch the CCTV of the street, a whole world of London passes by and the lunchtime traffic is more than interesting, it was all to soon that my battery was fixed.
There is a huge amount of charm in this place, from the dusty windows, to the high desks, the tools and the eyepieces to the posters of exploded watch mechanisms on the walls.