History of Minster 1949

In 1800 Britain made around half of the world’s watches; around 200,000 pieces a year. There was a brief resurgence in post war Britain, however the remaining businesses were not robust enough to survive the biggest crisis in watchmaking. The emergence of the quartz watch, We at Minster are now bringing British watches to the world.

Minster have opened again in Halifax regenerated the lost art of 'British watch making' Here at St Johns Church we have built state of art watch making facility within the heart of this 1886 Romanesque church. Which harks to our fundamental beliefs of tradition & history mating with modern needs and requirements to 'birth' the new age of true British watches. We at Minster are now bringing British watches to the world.

We at Minster are now bringing British watches to the world

Why British

Why would you buy anything less than a true British Timepiece:

Where it all began:

Where it all began

The secret in the suitcase that inspired two entrepreneurs to turn back time It was 1949, freshly de-mobbed, Denis’s father wanted to buy his son a watch for his 21st birthday and decided that it had to be a British made timepiece. An authentic from Minster. Dennis loved the watch and cherished it throughout his life.
That original Minster watch would have been at his side when he married, the birth of his children and the passing of his father. For Denis Minster marked the time, authentically British, hand-made since 1949. Giles loves vintage things; lighters, hip flasks, compasses, watches – anything which is symbolic of its place in time. British made was important too especially items made just after the War. Giles would often be found at antique fairs searching for items which appealed and which spoke to him of a time past, of a true heritage.

Our Speciality

  Over the years we have researched market trends to produce lines which are quintessentially British and the embodiment of the Swiss tradition. Our years of experience ensure our clients offer the very best lines to their consumer base.

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Minster 1949 brands

  To celebrate the re-launch of Minster1949 and the emergence of a new generation of British watch manufacture, we have remade one of our iconic 1950's styles as The Burlingham.

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Raj Sedha
Raj Sedha
Linda Bradwood
Sales Director
Sonia Ingle
Production Manager

Great British made by dedicated craftsmen true British heritage timepieces

With our newly built manufacturing and assembly plant in Halifax we can now offer an uncompromised watch manufacturing facility.

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Minster Stockist

Ernest Jones

Ernest Jones, the Diamond and Watch Specialist, has over 200 stores and a retail website.

Celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year, Ernest Jones offers a wide range of leading brand watches and high quality jewellery.
Branches: Islandwide

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Dipples of Norwich

Norwich Branch
2-6 Swan Lane
Tel:01603 623051

Dereham Branch
11-13 Norwich Street
NR19 1BX
Tel: 01362 692070

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Green & Benz

Chesterfield Branch
6 Glumangate
S40 1TP
Tel: 01246 222700

Sheffield Branch
71 Division St
S1 4GE
Tel:0114 270 6366

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Cuffs & Co

Founded in 2003 from a passion in unusual cufflinks and began by selling cufflinks online and through premier gift markets in London.

Registered Office
10 Shambles
Tel:44 1904 500750

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