Jon

Founder and Managing Director

“My vision is to sell watches and watch-straps to like-minded people who share my enthusiasm for high-quality products at honest and considered prices.

It began as a hobby and an eBay account in the name of WatchGecko and has now grown into a thriving independent e-commerce store. Together we are an ever-growing and dynamic company that believes in a progressive approach when designing, selling and marketing our pieces. We learn from every step taken and always work to our best capabilities, taking inspiration from the past and present to craft amazing products.

The company has grown considerably from its early stages but has always had a diligent and pragmatic team working together in harmony, sharing my vision and work philosophies. Now with full control over design and materials, specifications, marketing and even dispatch we can perfect every little detail and remain confident with our work.”

Andy

Operations Manager

“Few things are more rewarding than doing what you love, helping a business grow, and seeing product and service improvements have real-time effect. We are masters of our own destiny and the whole team works really hard every day to be the best at what we do.”

The WatchGecko Timeline

2009 - 2010

A hobby becomes a business

Jon Quinn, the company's founder, was buying and selling watches on eBay as a hobby in his spare time. This was in addition to working as a software engineer on military communications systems.

2010

www.watchgecko.com

During 2010 the hobby turned into a full-time job when Jon decides to
concentrate on turning it into a serious business, and the domain
watchgecko.com was registered on the 15th January 2010.

2011

eBay

At this point, eBay accounts for the largest proportion of sales, and the majority of products sold are sourced through wholesalers in the United Kingdom. As a sole trader, Jon runs the business from his home.

2011

Products

Traditional distribution in the UK is not ready for the growth of eCommerce and the access to new markets that this provides. In order for the business to succeed we begin to source products directly from the manufacturer.

2012

Company founded

Following the success of the WatchGecko ebay shop, which began in 2010, a parent company (Geckota) is founded to own the WatchGecko brand and allow the company to also work on other projects.

2012

Manufacturing

We have shifted away from sourcing products through distribution and now have most of the products manufactured to our own specifications. We can now be far more consistent with our offering and can deliver higher-quality products at a more reasonable pricing point. 

2013

Office space

The company moves into a dedicated office space, and the first employees are two students from the University of Gloucestershire who work part-time. Andy also joins the business this year full time.

2014

First watches released

The company now employs 5 people and has a turnover of more than £500,000. After months of development, our first watches are released, and we hire more staff to assist with order processing. European sales begin to rise as a result of the rapid development of internet marketplaces.

2014

New logo & website launched

The WatchGecko website had previously been built using a basic open source platform, but to succeed it required a fresh new appearance. As a result, a new design and logo were developed, and the new WatchGecko website was launched using the Magento eCommerce platform.

2015

Focus on product design

The business expands its office space and hires more employees with a focus on creative tasks, plus product design and development.

2016

Online markets grow

Due to quick development via online markets, the business continues to flourish. The watches range continues to devlop and expand. We add more team members and currently have a total of 10 employees.

We have added more office space, totaling roughly 2000 square feet for order processing and creative activities.

2017

New head office

This year the company will recruit an extra 9 employees and complete the purchase of a 5000 square foot head office facility in Tewkesbury. This offers us much more flexibility for future expansion and allows us to handle all operations under one roof.

2018

Website investment

We continue to invest in our websites, and sales are increasing. For the first time, the Geckota website becomes transactional and migrates to the Magento platform. The group's revenue has already passed £2 million.

2018

Content creation

This year, we're putting stronger focus on content creation, and the WatchGecko website is becoming into a destination for watch aficionados as well as an online store.

2019

ZULUDIVER and carbon neutral

The company decides to move away from internet marketplaces in favour of direct sales through our own websites. The ZULUDIVER website has been relaunched, and we have pledged to be carbon neutral.

2020

FORZO watches

The FORZO motorsport watches brand is created, and we begin to form partnerships with numerous high-profile brand ambassadors.

2020

Pandemic

COVID strikes, making things difficult for us. Fortunately, online businesses are encouraged to continue to operate. International delivery becomes uncertain however, and our international sales suffer. Despite these obstacles, the company continues to grow.

2021

Protecting the rainforest

We begin working with One Tribe, and every purchase made on any of our websites contributes to the protection of the rainforest. We now have 19 employees and five transactional websites.

2021

Brexit

The United Kingdom finally withdraws from the European Union. This adds to COVID's challenges and we prepare for a potential decline in international sales.

2021 September

NTH + WatchGecko

We are thrilled to announce our first partnership with watchmaker NTH. WatchGecko and NTH have teamed together to bring you not one, but two unique DevilRays in what we hope will be the start of many similar endeavours.

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2022

Looking to the future

Thanks to the continued efforts of our dedicated team this year has started with strong sales. We are working on several new product launches and have a renewed focus on digital marketing.

2022 February

Second NTH + WatchGecko collaboration

We're happy to report that because of how well our initial partnership with NTH went, we decided to do it again.

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2022 August

New website

After 8 years running on Magento this year we migrate to the Shopify platform with a redesigned the WatchGecko website.

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2022 December

Christopher Ward + WatchGecko

After a year of planning, creating, and testing, we are thrilled to finally reveal our collaboration with Christopher Ward. This limited-edition watch, which will only be sold through WatchGecko, will only be produced in 50 pieces.

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  • Creative Team Leader

    “The challenge is keeping our photography as exciting as our watches and straps, I love doing what I love, with an amazing team. The creative team works hard every day to realise our goal of taking an in-store buying experience and bringing this to an international online market.”

  • Marketing Specialist

    “I really love my job, it’s such a great team here and no two days are the same. Time flies when you are having fun and we take great pride in our work, so if you place an order today one of us will be carefully packing it and sending it out to you tomorrow.”

  • E-Commerce Administrator

    "Working here is a great opportunity for me to be creative and I really enjoy my role working alongside the Creative team. No two days are the same and we have a really great team who work hard to keep everything running smoothly. I assist in keeping the website up-to-date and uploading all our new products."

  • Photographer

    “Working here is a great opportunity for me as I really love being creative. There is a wonderful working environment and no two days are ever the same. I work alongside Alice on our product photography and manage the social media accounts.”

  • Digital Marketing and Writer

    "I’m a hard working marketer and writer for WatchGecko Magazine. I'm gravitating more towards anything that ticks off the beaten track with the occasional diver sprinkled in and enjoy seeing how microbrands are impacting the watch world.”

  • Video Production

    "I have always been interested in telling stories and making films, so I moved to England from Bulgaria to attend film school and decided to settle here. The watch industry fascinates me and my vision is to create videos that inspire and engage both enthusiasts and novices alike."

  • Order Processing Team Leader

    “I’m hard working and organised and have great colleagues around me so it’s a pleasure to work with such a supportive team. My guiding principle is to be efficient and constantly strive for improvement which I do every day. We all work hard but have fun at the same time.”

  • Order Processing

    "I have recently joined the team and I am enjoying the multiple aspects of order processing. Its lovely to have joined such a wonderful group of people who clearly have a passion for everythng that they do."

  • Customer Service

    “It’s good fun working here at WatchGecko, I get to work in a fast paced environment and continuously change between different job roles within the dispatch team which makes every day different from the next.”

  • Order Processing

    “You and your orders mean so much to all of us here. We all give the same care and attention to each of the hundreds of orders that we send out each week.“

  • Order Processing

    “My role consists of hand-packing each order we receive, ensuring orders are packed quickly and effectively. Every order means so much to us here and I’m focused on giving the same care and attention to every strap you buy.“

  • Financial Director

    “I love helping organisations reach their full potential and it’s a real pleaseure to be part of the team here as WatchGecko has such spectacular opportunities.”

  • Accounts Administrator

    “I enjoy my role and handle all aspects of the accounting and financial business here at WatchGecko. I also work with the order processing team which is really fun as well.”

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  • Carbon Neutral Since 2019

    We're committed to reducing our impact on the planet by switching our energy supply to 100% renewable energy and helping to protect trees in the rainforest as well as those closer to home.

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