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John Bouwman, the Clockmaker

John Bouwman, the Clockmaker

About John

The Clockmaker shop was established in 1972. The current owner, John Bouwman, has just as many years of experience in the clock and watch industry. John served his apprenticeship in Ontario, and then completed his examinations with the Ontario Watchmakers Association. This professional watchmaker designation gave him Membership to the United States and United Kingdom’s professional associations.

Continually seeking to upgrade his skills, John regularly attends training seminars in Europe and the US. He also mentors watch and clockmakers who are new to the industry and looking for training via distant learning education.

John is also a member in good standing with the top industry associations including:

The British Horological Institute, for over 20 years.
The British Horological Institute, for over 20 years.
The Canadian Jewelers Association
The Canadian Jewelers Association.
The National Association of Clock & Watch Collectors, for over 24 years
The National Association of Clock & Watch Collectors, for over 24 years.
John and his wife Margaret live in the Burlington area, and enjoy travel to Europe.
As of March 2018, John and Margaret made the decision to scale-back the business and eliminate the retail storefront location.  This will allow John more time to focus on clock and watch restoration – his true passion.  And while John will miss being part of Downtown Burlington, he just may enjoy his move toward full-time retirement even more!  For any questions relating to existing projects or if you have a restoration project you’d like to talk to John about, please get in touch via email.  

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New, vintage and antique clocks.
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Customer Testimonial

I went in to Mr. Bouwman's shop to look at and discuss Hamilton watches. While there he took the time to answer my questions in a way that only someone in the business, and with the years of experience could do. You’re not going to find that level of knowledge from someone behind the counter of a department store!  I highly recommend him, and yes, I did end up purchasing a watch and I'm very happy with it.

- Gord W.