Retro Watches Limited

Ian Abbott – Watch Collector and Retailer

Ian Abbott Watches
Ian Abbott Watches

Welcome to Retro Watches Limited. 

A a professional small indie retailer based in Harrogate.

I spent 7 years in the watch trade, running a successful ebay store 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 shop with over 3016 positive feedback and was top rated selling both high end Swiss watches and fashion watches. I’ve always loved e-commerce, customer service and the digital side of retail.

Originally introduced to watches in a business partnership in 2010, there was an exciting time of strong growth as e-commerce was in its infancy, (especially in vintage watches which were mainly found on shelves in antiques centres).

Today it is highly competitive, you’re up against every high street jeweller and multi million pound businesses like Watchfinder. E-commerce, technology and consumer behavior continue to evolve at breakneck speed.

Over the years I stocked cabinets at retail centres in Harrogate, Saltaire (Salts Mill), Leeds, Knaresborough & Hull. 

After a devastating sequence of events (2017-2018) including a robbery at West Park (Feb ’18) and falling foul of ebay inc who unfairly restricted me from listing shortly afterwards, I have retrained and am developing my IT skills in a new role (Software support analysis and SQL) .

Losing my ebay store was essentially Game Over as it was my main route to market where my digital skills could drive a sale. 

Retro Watches Limited is now 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 share the cabinet with my friend David from Stafford Hall Watches so we can offer more. 

Whilst I’m pleased to have found a new role in the digital economy & not be so heavily reliant on sales, I want to keep the dream alive.  

With your support I can continue my hobby and offer a special tailored collection of unique watches and products online and at our cabinet in Harrogate.

Thank you for visiting


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