Doble Jewellers is the home of quality jewellery and vintage watches, with a flair for the unusual. For 101 years over four generations their jewellery shops have flourished in South Devon by offering quality new and antique pieces, each item individually handpicked by the team.
For this week’s #FinditinExeter we caught up with Ryan, the newest member of the Doble Jewellers team, to discover all there is to know about the Sidwell Street shop and its latest addition ‘The Man Cave’ – Exeter’s exclusive watch boutique for classic, vintage pieces.
The family-run jewellers has five branches in total, with two in Exeter and the others in Totnes, Brixham and Torquay. Started in 1918 by Arthur Goldsworthy in Ottery St Mary, his daughter Vera married Ivor Doble and the two of them then branched out and began their Doble Jewellers legacy. Ivor, together with his son John and Grandson Roo still manage the business today, alongside their expert team.
Doble Jewellers Sidwell Street branch is in the heart of Exeter city centre. Across its four floors you will find a selection of silver and gold jewellery and homeware – both new and antique, ranging from £20 to £30,000! Hidden at the top of the building is their team of inhouse goldsmiths, working around the clock repairing, resizing, redesigning and creating commissioned jewellery and watches.
Amongst all of this is the stores brand new Man Cave. This luxurious space stocks a stylish collection of vintage men’s watches and jewellery, including Omegas dating back to the 1940s and Rolex’s from the 1960s and 70s. Fronted by Ryan who joined in November 2018, his responsibility is to sell, source, photograph and organise repair of vintage watches – the dream job for a guy who loves this time telling accessory!
Sought-after watch brands stocked include Cartier, Omega, Universal Geneve, Rolex, Patek Philippe, Seiko and Tudor. Each piece is sourced by Ryan and his team at Doble, arriving on the shop floor in the best possible condition for a vintage piece thanks to Doble’s inhouse watchmaker.
The Man Cave is the epitome of traditional luxury and is a space for anyone to pop in and look at men’s jewellery. You can sit down, have a drink – your choice between whiskey or coffee, and chat away to Ryan and his team that share a wealth of immense knowledge and fun facts. Whether you walk away with your dream Rolex Submariner watch on your wrist or not, it’s always an education visiting Doble Jewellers.