Jewel in Scarborough’s crown retires after 50 years of trading

Brian Sizer retires from Sizer Jewellers . pic Richard Ponter 154210a
Brian Sizer retires from Sizer Jewellers . pic Richard Ponter 154210a

Scarborough-based Brian Sizer of Sizer Jewellers is retiring after 65 years as a watch-maker, and 53 years as a high-end retailer and jeweller.

The family business, one of the most successful and long-standing retail companies in the town, was founded in North Street in 1963 and has been trading from its current location in Huntriss Row since 1982.  

It specialises in selling exclusive brands such as Longines, Omega and Rolex to a loyal client base which includes Premier League footballers, royalty, including the King of Greece, and pop stars and celebrities such as Professor Green.  

Brian was introduced to watchmaking as a teenager and served his apprenticeship, beginning in 1951, becoming a Fellow of the British Horological Institute five years later.  

After two years’ National Service he worked for other watch companies in Scotland and Crewe, before returning to his home town to found Sizer.

Brian’s biggest sale was a Rolex GMT Ice, one of only four sold in the UK, which retailed for more than £250,000.  

As a jeweller, Brian has sold almost every gemstone known to man, from Ammolite to Natural Pink Diamond, and valued jewellery from all over the world.

Brian said: “I want to retire whilst the business is still thriving.

“My son Andrew has worked in the business for 15 years, but has other interests to pursue.  

“I am passionate about customer service and the reputation of the Sizer family name.

“I am proud to have created something so successful and would like to thank all the long-serving staff and family members who have supported me over the years.”

At nearly 80 years of age, Brian has no plans to slow down. He is an active life member of the Scarborough Yacht Club, a playing member at South Cliff Golf Club, and was a founder member of the Sir George Cayley Sailwing Club.

He is looking forward to more time to pursue his interests and quality time with his family.