Scarborough watch-maker calls time after 65 years


The owner of a longstanding Scarborough watch and jewellery retailer is bringing the curtain down on a 65-year career as a watch-maker.

Brian Sizer of Sizer Jewellers has announced he is to retire from the business he founded in 1963, leaving son Andrew, who has worked for the company for 15 years, to continue running the operation.

As well as watch-making for more than six decades, Brian has spent 53 years as a high-end retailer and jeweller, making him one of the longest-serving retailers in the seaside town.


Sizer Jewellers specialises in selling exclusive brands such as Longines, Omega and Rolex, and counts a string of Premier League footballers, overseas royalty and pop stars among its client base.

Brian told his local newspaper, The Scarborough News, that he wants to retire while the business is still thriving.

“My son Andrew has worked in the business for 15 years, but has other interests to pursue. I am passionate about customer service and the reputation of the Sizer family name. I am proud to have created something so successful and would like to thank all the long-serving staff and family members who have supported me over the years,” he said.

According to the paper, Brian was introduced to watchmaking as a teenager and served his apprenticeship, beginning in 1951, becoming a Fellow of the British Horological Institute five years later.

After two years’ National Service he worked for other watch companies in Scotland and Crewe, before returning to his home town to found Sizer.

His biggest sale was a Rolex GMT Ice, one of only four sold in the UK, which retailed for more than £250,000.

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