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.

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

 

 

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 Joe Gleave, founder of Gleave & Co.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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 Joe Gleave with Gleave & Co. staff.

 

 

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

 

 

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