Duckworth Prestex opens prestigious retail doors as its Bolton collection goes on sale


British watch firm Duckworth Prestex has officially launched its second watches, the Bolton collection, named after the home town of company founder Neil Duckworth, whose grandfather originally started the well-known Prestex brand there back in 1924.

Bolton is also the spiritual home of watchmaking in the United Kingdom, with local man John Harwood creating the very first automatic watch movement.


Visitors to WATCHPRO Salon in November were given a sneak peak at the Bolton, but it goes on sale for the first time today.

The Duckworth Prestex Bolton takes its design from the first Prestex pocket watches ever made, adopting the same font for the numerals as well as characteristic ‘train tracks’ and a clear white dial.

The collection’s 39mm brushed steel cushion case house Japanese movements.

All the watches are water resistant to 200 metres.

There are three types of Bolton in the launch collection.

The Bolton Verimatic, priced at £625, is a 3-hand mechanical automatic with a white dial that is sold on a black leather strap, although other straps are also available.

The £495 Bolton Chronograph has a vintage chronograph look but a modern and accurate Japanese VK64 meca-quartz movement.

Finally, the Bolton Small Seconds watch, selling for £395, provides a link to Duckworth Prestex’s past by reprising the timeless design of the original 1924 pocket watch.

“The Bolton is the ultimate expression of our heritage and I’m delighted that we’ve not only been able to revive our family watch brand but also grow it from strength to strength, always looking to the future while giving a nod to the past,” says Mr Duckworth.

“Our watches represent the perfect balance between luxury and affordability, meaning that a genuine piece of British horological tradition is now accessible to everybody. I’m delighted that our story has come to life in such a spectacular fashion.”

Duckworth Prestex has made a noteworthy start in its first year.

Neil Duckworth at the Duckworth Prestex London showroom.

The brand opened its own showroom suite in London at 60 Pembroke Road in November.

It also secured a placement at Watches of Switzerland’s flagship 155 Regent Street showroom ahead of Christmas.

Duckworth Prestex at Watches of Switzerland.
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