Authorised retailer for Duckworth Prestex. Duckworth Prestex aims to create practical, affordable, and innovative
watches that are suitable for everyday wear, suitable for any occasion, and
built to last a lifetime. These new watches draw inspiration from the original
Prestex models and are designed in England to honour the brand's heritage.
A Brand Reborn
Duckworth Prestex may sound like a new name, but it goes back a very long
way in the history of watchmaking. Almost 100 years, in fact. For the founder
of Duckworth Prestex and the man who originally brought TAG Heuer to the
UK in the 1980s, Neil Duckworth, this is a very personal story.
Prestons, Neil’s family firm founded in 1869 in Bolton, initially specialised in
pocket watches under the Prestex name. These timepieces gained worldwide
acclaim and success throughout the 1920s. In the following decades, Prestex
expanded its offerings to include a range of timepieces, including
chronographs, pocket watches, and elegant dress watches.
In 1948, Gordon Duckworth, Neil's father, took over the business and
introduced Swiss watch brands like Omega, Rolex, and Heuer alongside the
home-grown Prestex range. However, the original Prestex line was eventually
phased out. In 1982, Neil's brother Andrew assumed leadership of the
company, ensuring its continued prosperity. Meanwhile, Neil pursued a career
in the watch industry, working with renowned global brands. However, his
lifelong desire was to revive the lost family watch brand from the 1960s, and
now that dream is becoming a reality.