Company History

In 1970 Mr Jeffrey Wrench replied to a job advertisement publicised nationally for a position at the well known Heuer Chronograph and Stopwatch company (pre Tag-Heuer) in Chester. Successful in his application, three months later he was offered the Service Manager position, liasing frequently with Heuer Switzerland and the head office in London.

Two years later, Mr Wrench was interviewed by a North American watch importer to undertake the importation of the then brand new quartz watch tech form Switzerland. Successful again, he set up a quartz watch assembly unit in Montreal in 1972. This also involved importing the brand new ground breaking L.E.D technology in which he worked directly with the original Pulsar factory in Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
On his return from North America he decided rather than work for another company he would set up in business himself. This was conceived in 1975, and the first business was opened in Cheapside, Hanley in which he offered his watch making skills to both the public and jewellery retailers.

A few years later Mr Wrench purchased a retail jewellers in the neighbouring market town of Leek, this business was located in Russell street, a move to a more predominant location on derby street ensured the business rapidly grew. Over a decade of successful trading in Leek, Mr Wrench decided to sell the business so that his efforts could be focused in Stoke on Trent.
The business J. G. Wrench and sons was sold along with its valuable and trusted name of which still brings benefits the current owners.

Back in Stoke on Trent, Jeffreys’ son David had decided to join the family business, choosing to train as a goldsmith. David enrolled at Birmingham school of jewellery and successfully completed a diploma in precious metal and gemstones. The course gave him a good basis on which to operate as a goldsmith. After qualifying he took part time courses in Birmingham and Manchester Universities, enabling him to learn more in depth the trade in which he was involved. After these courses in diamond mounting were completed he then worked alongside a master goldsmith in Leicester, a Mr Michael Grundy who honed his skills further. David quickly took the jewellery repair and commission side of the business forward and invested in the latest equipment and utilising his traditional skills he has made jewellery repair and manufacture an integral part of the business. A few years into his career he decided further education in diamonds and gemstones was needed, so he took courses in Antwerp on diamond grading, and national courses on coloured gemstone identification. This enabled him to confidently source quality gemstones from around the world.

So if you require the service of trained professionals in the watch and jewellery business, then look no further, The name Wrench is one you can trust, and we are only found here in the town of Hanley, where you can be assured of personal friendly service by a member of the Wrench family

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