Oliver Pollock, the fourth generation of his family to be involved in the world of watches set up Luxury Watch Repairs 18 months ago.

Based in Hatton Garden — with expansion plans for an office in Manchester and New York later this year — the Luxury Watch Repairs concept was created when Pollock (aged 26) was trading vintage watches. At that time, he found himself constantly frustrated by the lack of efficient and reliable workshops to facilitate the volume of his repairs and servicing. The only way to answer his own conundrum then was to become his own solution.

Luxury Watch Repairs’ mission is refreshing. They’ve managed to bring watch servicing into the 21st century. You can even request a time lapse video of your watch being serviced. Oliver oversees the day to day running of the workshop and has vast experience in the luxury watch industry having previously worked as a Rolex trader for a number of years.

Although Oliver admits, he is still at an early stage in his career, his great passion for watches comes from his grandfather and father who have been involved in the watch business for many years (150 years to be precise). As such as, it is inevitable that Oliver himself has built up a great collection of his own. One which he was most generous to tell us about.

Oliver Pollock

Where does your interest in watches originate from?

My grandfather started a watch strap business in the 1960s. His passion for all things horological had a great influence on me. He was, too, an avid collector. My Father, also, inspired me as he has spent most of his working life in the watch industry. You could almost say that I was born with a watch on my wrist.

What was the first watch you owned?

An Oris Automatic Players watch — I ‘stole’ it from my Dad.

It’s a “limited edition” watch from the early nineties and its quite rare. It has a special patented movement. There are four individual sub-dials which act as counters, and there is a minute track around the bezel, so it’s a perfect sports timer.

Why do you collect watches?

Passion, craftsmanship and appreciation. Also, restoration is extremely important to me personally, due to my business. We are fortunate to have a team of highly trained and certified watchmakers who can restore the most technical watches whilst using all original parts, which is a great skill and asset to have.

What do you love about collecting watches?

History, rarity and the joy of sourcing the most interesting pieces.

Is there anything you don’t like about collecting?

Yes, I really hate missing out on a watch that I’ve been tracking down for a while. It is so frustrating, but I have learnt to tell myself to just move on to the next pursuit.

What is your favorite watch in your collection?

A 1967 Rolex Submariner with Tritium/Zinc markers on the dial. The actual dial has turned purple over time as opposed to the typical blue. Tritium replaced radium in the 1960’s, so this is a true example of the evolution of Rolex luminosity. I found this in the back of a safe at a watch shop owned by a good friend.

Is there a watch that you don’t own yet, but would love to own?

A 1980 Rolex Explorer II, ref. 1655, with a Mark IV dial; eggshell markers and hands. This piece is a collector’s dream.

At the time of its launch, the watch was intended to be a tool watch for cave explorers, who, after having spent days in caverns, couldn’t tell if it was day or night outside. A problem that was easily solved by the 24-hour orange arrow-shaped hand that along with the 24-hour military time bezel. This could be easily used to identify night from day.

How do you decide which watch to acquire next?

I’m very lucky in that I get to see amazing watches every day. I know immediately that I have to source one to add to my collection when they come into the workshop. It’s a joy and a privilege to be in this position.

Editor’s Note:
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