Time has flown

Auckland watchmaker Malcolm Campbell of Timeshop Watch Repairs, who has been in business in a two metre square Lorne Street premises for almost twenty-two years, is now to retire. Campbell told the ABC’s Kerri Ritchie: “There’s not many of us around now, so a young person in the trade is very rare, but we shall see what happens.” A watchmaker for over 50 years, Campbell says business is booming. “Strange thing with watches is that people tend not to throw them away. They just put them in the sock drawer or in the back of a cupboard or in a box somewhere, and 30 or 40 years later they pick them out again and say, “Oh I like that now I think I’ll get it serviced because after all it was my Uncle Sydney’s or it was Aunty Jane’s gold watch so I’d like it going and I might wear it sometimes.”

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