Our Heritage

It started with an apprentice: John Smith began his career with the Whitehurst clockmaking company. From these beginnings, our family company has grown to become one of Britain’s largest and oldest clock manufacturers, and a major player on the timekeeping world stage.

We are proud of the heritage of our names in our group of companies: John Smith & Sons (1856); William Potts & Sons (1833); James Ritchie & Son (1809) and J.B. Joyce & Co (1690). 

What We Do Today