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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. 

24 Oct

The 2016 George Daniels Lecture, Wednesday 30 November, 6.30pm-9pm, University of London, Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB. Book your free place:

28 Aug

Material house LBS are the latest company to offer their support to the Guild. The London-based Company have been supplying watch straps, batteries and horological tools for over 30 years.

Tel: 01992 470369

10 Jul

Dear Guild Members,

George Daniels
08 May

The George Daniels Educational Trust[1] was George’s vision to assist those training for careers in the fields of horology, civil engineering and

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.


1 Mar 2017

Inside this latest issue of TimePiece you will find letters, a members’ page, a business section, book review, lots of horological news, a couple of features, diary column, advertising and a free buy , sell, swap corner – something for everyone.

Read now (PDF 4M)



25-27 Furtwangen Clock and Watch Fair, Hoschschule
Furtwangen University.


5-9 Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair

10 BHI Clock and Watch Fair, Upton Hall, Newark, Notts, NG23 5TE. 9am-2pm.


22 Midlands Clock and Watch Fair, National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, B92.

4 Wessex BHI Branch Auction, Lyndhurst Community Centre, SO43 7NY.

8 Essex Clock & Watch Fair
Marks Tey Parish Hall, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1EJ.

21 South West BHI Branch 26th Annual Auction
Exeter School, Exeter, EX2 4NP. Viewing 10am-12noon.
Opens 12.30pm.


9 Guild Board Meeting, Friends Meeting House, London. NW1 2BJ. 2pm.

19 West Country Clock & Watch Fairs, Holiday Inn, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2UA.


10 Brunel Clock and Watch Fair, Sports Hall, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UB8 3PN.

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