Lichfield’s last watchmaker calls time on business

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A Staffordshire watch expert who has run his own shop for almost 30 years has decided to call it a day and will close his business at the end of June.  

James Jordan – dubbed ‘Lichfield’s last watchmaker’ – will lock the doors of his city centre shop on June 23, bringing the curtain down on a long and successful career.

Mr Jordan’s career in the industry began at H Samuel and he went onto work for them in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter for 25 years.

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After deciding to go it alone, he returned to Lichfield to open his own shop, which for the past three decades has specialised in watch repairs. The shop, called ‘James A. Jordan’, also deals with clock repairs and sells antiques, even featuring on Antiques Road Trip in the past.

Mr Jordan told the Lichfield Mercury that he set up his business at just the right time. “There was another watchmaker in the town but just as I moved in he retired,” he said. “I was the only person offering antique watches at the time.”

He said that he plans to spend his retirement travelling. “I have only ever been able to take off one week a year but perhaps I’ll go further afield,” he said.

The shop plans to hold a sale prior to its closure and will trade until June 23.

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