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    Hadleigh and Royal - Reigate - experience?

    As in title. Seen a watch of theirs on the bay. Anyone used them or know of someone who has? :-)

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    I bought a BB Harrods from them through E-Bay. Got a good discount and the watch was delivered very quickly and very happy with the transaction. I would use them again.

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    Anybody else?

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    Their eBay shop is full of fake dials and bezels on Rolex watches. That and afterset cases on Rolex Cartier etc. No thanks

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    Never used them but I used to live in Reigate.


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    Their eBay store says that the company is actually "Hadleighs of Reigate Limited," which was formed in 2018.

    Their Facebook page says "One of the UK s leading watch dealers for many years," so perhaps someone has dealt with or come across James Hadleigh, its Director.
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    My Daughter lives in Reigate and i have browsed the shop window many times..

    The shop appeared around 2018 i believe or maybe i just never noticed it before they always had a window full of mainly 4/5 digit references and a good supply of Women's pieces mainly Rolex with a few Cartier pieces..

    How long they have been trading No idea they could have been operating privately without a high street presence for years and like many others at the moment with the current Rolex hype/madness thought it a good time to open a shop.

    I have never traded with them although last year they did have a very nice keenly priced Black 5 digit GMT that took my eye but unfortunately was already sold when i went in the shop.

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    I've just seen a Rolex valuation that appears to be from Hadleigh & Royal and it bears striking similarities to ones from Ludgate Watches. Wasn't that Jamie Thorpe's business?

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    These guys seem to have a lot of women’s Rolex. They slap aftermarket diamond bezels on a lot of them and then charge high prices. I enquired on a watch a year ago and found them condescending.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stonewood View Post
    These guys seem to have a lot of women’s Rolex. They slap aftermarket diamond bezels on a lot of them and then charge high prices. I enquired on a watch a year ago and found them condescending.
    Why does that part of the country seem to have been blessed with such a mixed bag of watch dealers?

    I was encouraged by the following statements on the Facebook page and website :

    "One of the UK s leading watch dealers for many years"
    "Our family run business has and always will be based on three very basic qualities. Price, quality and service."
    "Over the years we have built an enviable reputation..."
    "Known worldwide as one of the UK’s leading watch and diamond specialists"
    "Hadley [sic] and Royal are one of the leading UK specialist in vintage watches"
    "Due to our years of both dealing and collecting watches..."

    Surprised that I had thus not heard of them before, I tried a few searches to see what I had missed. Strangely, I struggled to find anything to substantiate the above, but had to laugh when I noticed on Companies House records that the birth month and year for James Hadleigh appear to be the same as those of Jamie Thorpe! A most unfortunate coincidence, no doubt.

    Considering the long history of reputable dealing and collecting that Hadleigh / Hadley celebrates, surely someone here has come across him, the family or the Company?
    Last edited by Haywood_Milton; 18th December 2020 at 12:30.

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    I'm so aged that I always associate the name 'James Hadleigh' with the TV series from the late sixties/early seventies starring Gerald Harper:

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    ​Jim.

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    An old post, but they seem to have been removed from eBay, after getting a few negative feedbacks in a row.

    Anyone know what has happen?
    As it seemed they were advertising watches below trade price.

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    I remember them. They always had loads of women’s older Rolex watches with custom diamond bezels.


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    I have just spent fifteen minutes consoling two customers with a watch bought from Hadleigh & Royal / Hadleighs of Reigate Limited.

    It was presented to us with fake dial, fake bracelet parts and fake box, but lots of paperwork, certificates etc.

    I have directed the clients to Trading Standards and noted some similarities to the work of watch conman Jamie Thorpe who is well known in that region, reported to have been banned from acting as a company director without special permission and whose birthday may curiously not be unlike that of Jamie Hadleigh, Director of H of R Ltd.

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