With over 60 years trading, we have a fantastic stock of both new and old watch and clock material. This combined with our knowledgeable staff ensures a fantastic service for our customers.

Gleave and Company supply a wide range of watch materials new and old, including over 500 mechanical and quartz watch movements. The range of materials includes all the major brands such as Citizen, ETA, Frances Ebauches, ISA, Longines, Miyota, Omega, Renata, Ronda, Seiko, and Zenith. We make every effort to trace all parts requested by customers.

Similarly, our tools department has a comprehensive range. We are UK agents for Bergeon, Elma, L&R, Witschi Electronic, A&F, Dumont, Idealtek, Moebius, Anchor, and Horotec. Our stock includes timing machines, cleaning machines, ultrasonic tanks, polishing machines, pliers, tweezers, screwdrivers, eyeglasses, case openers, staking sets and many others too numerous to mention here. Please see our tools catalogue for details.

The clock department has everything for the professional repairer and the hobbyist. Replacement parts are available for Long Case, French, German and Cuckoo clocks, We have Hermle mechanical movements, Hechinger quartz movements, and an extensive selection of insertion movements. Please refer to our clock catalogue for details.

We have staff with 30, 40 and 50 years experience in the watch and clock industry enabling us to give reliable and accurate advice. We offer a fast, reliable, mail order service; we aim to dispatch all orders for next day delivery. Alternatively, you may wish to visit our Central London counter service, available 08:30 until 15:00, Monday to Friday.

Account facilities are available for regular customers. Non account holders may pay by credit card or on a pro-forma invoice basis.

Please contact us for more information or if you require any help or advice - our knowledgeable, friendly and helpful staff will do their utmost to assist with your query.



Our History


Gleave and Company was established by Joseph Gleave in 1948.

Using skills learnt as an engineer during the war, he started as the Horological Turner, manufacturing parts which were difficult to obtain during the post-war years.

During the 1950s and 1960s, he developed a reputation for supplying complete movements, cases and dials and became an important call for many watchmakers on their visits to “The Well” (otherwise known as Clerkenwell, London). The introduction of electronic watches and quartz technology during the 1970s became a platform for new development in the company. While many in the trade complained about the new battery watches, Joseph Gleave saw them as an irreversible trend and invested heavily in new movements and materials for repairs.

Unfortunately, Joseph Gleave died in 1982 but his son Graham Gleave took over the reins and has since guided Gleave and Company to become one of the largest suppliers of horological materials and tools in the UK.


 Gleave & Co. occupying a larger plot in Clerkenwell in the 1960s after demolishing previous aging buildings.  Note the old police box on the corner.




 Joe Gleave, founder of Gleave & Co.




 Vera Gleave, wife of Joe Gleave who worked at Gleave & Co. into her late 80s.




 Graham Gleave, in the 1960s.  Graham has managed Gleave and Co. since 1982.




 The original Gleave and Co. shop in clerkenwell at 9 Albermarle way before the plot was rebuilt.




 A second branch of Gleave & Co. in Kentish Town.




 Joe Gleave with Gleave & Co. staff.




Some material drawers.  Landeron, Waltham and AS 340 parts.




Inside the Gleave & Co. shop in the 1960s, still today the cabinets are packed in from floor to ceiling.