"When I give a lecture, I accept that people look at their watches, but what I do not tolerate is when they look at it and raise it to their ear to find out if it stopped." Marcel Achard, French Playwright, 1899 - 1974.
Lawrence Chapman is a third generation watchmaker, following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps, who founded the business in 1922. The shop is situated on the main shopping area of Diss, opposite the local mere.
Within the shop you will find not only a wide range of watches and clock, but also a varied selection of fine jewellery. Lawrence specialises in repairing and restoring watches and clocks. Anything from replacing batteries and straps, to more complex internal work is available.
Find out what people who have been to L. J. Chapman think of it:
Peter Gillings, Mellis, Diss and Lauderdale-by-the-sea - "I once bought an antique watch off Lawrence for my future wife - well it had a complicated movement and lawrence took time to explain it all to me - all of which I forgot on the morning of the honeymoon in miami. When I phoned him for an update he was busy and the girl said I'll phone you back when he's free - well on the return phone call Lawrence once again went through this complicated procedure of setting the watch - at the end he said 'where are you, you sound like your still in bed?'
'I am' I said 'I'm 5 hours behind you.' There was a blank and then he said 'America?'
'Yes' I said. Another blank when he realised he was paying for this long transatlantic phone call his voice went up an octive and then I had this mentle picture of him going backwards from the phone like Micheal Jackson moon walking while bending forward and geting lower to the phone all the time saying---'good bye, good bye, gotta go, good bye' and then making a funny hissing sound and saying 'breaking up breaking up--by-- gota go-- bye.......' "