About Retro Watches

A small + flexible retail business based in North Yorkshire

Ian Abbott t/a Retro Watches Harrogate 

I aim for the outlook and professionalism of a large online retailer.

Ian Abbott Watches

You are however, dealing with an individual who provides a dedicated, friendly service.

Ian Abbott Harrogate Watches

About Ian Abbott

I have worked as a product photographer and website administrator / digital consultant to the watch trade since 2009.

Providing freelance website administration services to companies such as Ogden of Harrogate Ltd. and Investing in Time Ltd (VintageHeuer.com) – as well as having my own watch collection.

I love photographing and retailing beautiful timepieces whilst offering value for money with efficient service.

Selling thousands of watches to online customers from all over the world I built up an ebay account with over 3000 positive feedback before I left the site in March 2018. (retro-watches-harrogate)

I also have a keen interest in building websites whilst learning SEO and digital marketing.

A family man, I’m currently seeking to build a career away from the watch trade, to allow me to develop my wider IT / admin skills whilst continuing my passion and hobby of steadily building a refined watch collection of great condition pieces at great prices –  both on this website and in my cabinet at 27 West Park.

Sales at West Park where continue to recover after the cabinet was hit with a robbery in February.

2018 has been a year of challenges and changes but what does not kill you makes you stronger.

Thank you for your support.

About Retro Watches Harrogate

Retro Watches Harrogate / Retro Watch UK has been an online business since 2013 and has had display cabinets at retail centres in Harrogate, Saltaire (Salts Mill), Leeds, Knaresborough & Hull. 

Today we are based solely at 27 West Park, Harrogate. 

When you deal with Retro Watches you are supporting an indie business and in turn the local economy and many other small businesses – specialist traders, watchmakers and suppliers we work with. 

It has been the ethos to champion emerging micro brands and unique timepieces, to create our own brands, import the best value best selling fashion watches and always to deliver value.

In 2018/2019 the product focus is primarily on retailing Premier Luxury Watches

Pre-owned, yet excellent condition iconic watches (complete with box and papers) that can deliver a great value purchase for customers.

I personally guarantee the smooth running of each watch movement in every watch sold (- the physical condition is then the responsibility of the owner – see warranty terms)

Thank you for your support and please visit the Retro Watches cabinet 27 West Park. We also have fashion watches, straps, dealer clocks and other accessories for sale.

Ian Abbott



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