Our Story


James Porter, having served his apprenticeship with a firm of clock and watch makers called Breckenridge in Kilmarnock moved to Glasgow in 1858 at the age of 21 and started his own business account as watch maker to the trade. He worked from several upstairs addresses in Gordon Street and Buchanan Street, gradually building up a stock until eventually he had a shop at 134 Argyll Street, however, due to the city bank failure at this time he had to sell. In May 1887 he opened another shop at 25 Argyll Arcade and in1897 his son joined him and the name changed to James Porter & Son in 1905. Fifteen years later 26 Argyll Arcade Glasgow was purchased and the shop extended. In 1928 the shop on the other side, number 24 was purchased and there again extended into the size it is today. In 1963 premises at 12/14 Argyll Arcade were acquired, by this time the firm was specialising in diamond rings and had given up the traditional silver plated wear for rings, jewellery and watches.

"Today the business is currently in it's fifth generation, and very proud to be still trading out of the same premises for over 120 years."

James Porter & Son
24-26 & 12-14 Argyll Arcade

Why Buy From Us?

We are Official Stockists
This means all of our stock comes directly from the manufacturer and therefore comes with the correct instructions, packaging and valid guarantee. Many sites out there, who are unable to obtain official account status, will NOT include the official guarantee.
Next Day Delivery
If you order is placed before 2pm Monday - Friday we will endeavor to dispatch your item the same day. The item should arrive before 1pm the following day. We will send it FREE, via Royal Mail Registered Deilvery service. A tracking number will be emailed at time of shipment.

All Orders Sent from UK
We stock all products listed on this site from a UK secure premises. We do not ship from any other country, and we do not 'dropship' from manufacturers and can therefore guarantee delivery times. You buy from us confident in the knowledge that your purchase is in stock and shipped securely.
Full Refund Policy
If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, as long as it is in original and unworn condition, you can return it to us for a full refund within 7 days of delivery. Refund policies are extended over the Christmas period to allow your recipient to make up their mind.


100% Genuine Jewellery & Watches
Every item sold by James Porter & Son is a 100% genuine item supplied to us directly from the manufacturer. We do not sell second hand or replica watches.
Established Since 1858
We area family run company who have been in the business of selling both watches and jewellery for over 120 years.

Gold of Royalty campaign

About Clogau

Clogau is a second generation family business based in Wales that has been creating unique, handcrafted jewellery containing rare Welsh gold for over 25 years.

Our association with Historic Royal Palaces celebrates and acknowledges our Welsh and British royal roots that are at the heart of all that we do.

Every piece we create contains rare Welsh gold taken from the mountains of Snowdonia, the same gold as used by royalty for over 100 years.

This gives our unique jewellery a Royal heritage and cultural legacy that spans the last century.

Read more about Clogau