Retro Watches Limited

Ian Abbott – Creative Director

Ian Abbott Watches

Good day and welcome to my website.

Retro watches limited is a professional indie retailer based in Harrogate.

An IT professional, Retro Watches Limited is a part time hobby and passion. The cabinet is available 7 days a week at 27 West Park antiques centre and I restock there most weekends.

I spent 7 years in the watch trade, running a successful ebay store / cabinet and website whilst working freelance as a product photographer and website administrator / digital consultant to the luxury goods trade. I have worked with companies such as Ogden of Harrogate Ltd. and Investing in Time Ltd ( I built up an ebay store with over 3016 positive feedback. I’ve always loved e-commerce, customer service and the digital side of retail.

Over the years as a sole trader I’ve had cabinets at retail centres in Harrogate, Saltaire (Salts Mill), Leeds, Knaresborough & Hull. 

After a difficult year (2017-2018) including a robbery at West Park (Feb ’18) and parting ways with ebay inc. (March ’18) I have retrained and am developing new skills in an IT role (Software analysis and SQL) but Retro Watches Harrogate lives on as Retro Watches Limited and with your support I can continue my hobby and offer a nice collection of watches and unique products at the Retro Watches cabinet in Harrogate.


Good purchase. I bought online – seller responded quickly to emails and sent the watch as soon as I sorted payment. Good communications, easy transaction and also pleased with the packaging the watch came in. Won’t hesitate to use Retro Watches again in future. Pat – July 2018
Published 06 November 2017

Vintage Omega watch purchase

I recently purchased a watch from Ian via his website and was very happy with the transaction. Emails were answered almost immediately even during the evening, the watch was posted when stated and tracking details given and once it arrived the watch ( a vintage Omega) was in fantastic condition. I would have no reservations what so ever about purchasing from Retro Watches Harrogate again in the future.

Watch Repair Testimonial

“My step-father’s last wish in 2004 was that I wore the Omega automatic watch that he had chosen to keep locked away and unworn when he was alive.
The watch’s sentimental appeal to me was its appearance – the gold casing and gold mesh strap, but it also needed to work as a timepiece if I was to continue wearing it.After numerous, costly failed attempts to get the watch to work for an extended period by various reputable establishments over the last three years, Ian’s watch repairer was able to fit it with a new movement, for a very reasonable charge.
Many thanks to both Ian and his watch repairer for all their efforts and patience, which has enabled me to resume wearing and enjoying it as a functioning watch.”
Philip Hayward, Pannal. May 2016