It's about Time -- Two Partners Keep Clocks, Watches Ticking

By ToSells | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), December 22, 2012 | Go to article overview

It's about Time -- Two Partners Keep Clocks, Watches Ticking


ToSells, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)


Memphis watchmaker Colin Britton has a new repair and retail shop with a new name, and a new partner who brings new services.

And all of that in an industry focused on making the old new again.

Britton and his partner, Doug Brissey, have recently opened Memphis Mean Time at 917 Cooper where they repair and sell mostly antique and vintage watches and clocks.

In the coming months, Brissey will close his Little Rock-based Arkansas Clockworks, move to Memphis and work full-time with Britton in their shop just across the street from Tsunami. In the meantime, he'll pick up broken clocks here and repair them at his shop in Arkansas.

I've got plenty of business (in Little Rock) but I'm tired of working it alone, Brissey said.

Also, he wants to expand his three-year-old business and focus primarily on clock repair and let Britton handle watch repair. This put them in a unique position to become partners, Britton said, as their businesses complement each other but don't really compete.

He noted that people are often surprised just how different clocks and watches really are.

Lest anyone be surprised that there is enough business to keep them both afloat, Britton suggested looking no further than the full- page watch ads in Esquire or GQ and realize that these ain't the kind of things you throw away if they stop. …

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