Thurlow Champness & Son


Established in 1815, Thurlow Champness and Son are proud to be an Official Rolex Retailer in the historic Suffolk town of Bury St. Edmunds.

Our strength lies in our dedication to maintaining the trust and confidence of our customers by providing exceptional personal service and unrivalled expertise.


In 1745 George Lumley, Freeman of the clock makers company, carried out his business from 14 Abbeygate Street. In 1784 he passed away leaving his widow, described as an “eminent Watchmaker”, who went into partnership with John Gudgeon from 1785 – 1800. Many clocks from this period survive. John Gudgeon was succeeded by his son who carried on from 1801, establishing the store in 1815.


John Vale acquired the business in 1839 and in 1865 went into partnership with a Mr Richardson. John Vale took over in 1839 and in 1865 went into partnership with Mr Richardson. In 1901 Edward Thurlow Champness bought the business from Mr Richardson and the Champness family lived above the shop until 1947.

Our long tradition of delivering exceptional service and our passion for great design, and quality continues to be the backbone of the business today. The third generation of current owners look forward to showing you the Rolex collection in our recently refurbished showroom.


Since 1993, our knowledgeable staff have been welcoming Rolex clients into our showroom and building friendships with generations of family members.


Visit us at our store on Abbeygate Street to begin your Rolex journey and discover the perfect timepiece.

Our expert team will help you discover the range of Rolex timepieces at your leisure.