Sam Der Bedrossian AM
Founder, Managing Director
The founder of Classique Watches, Mr. Sam Der Bedrossian began his career in Sydney, Australia in 1964. At that time, the import duty on watches from Switzerland was extremely high. Importers were therefore importing watch movements separately and assembling the individual components to save on duty. During that time, Sam was assembling at least 2000 - 3000 watches per week for numerous watch importers/wholesalers all around Australia.
To this day, Sam is very passionate about the detail & design of his watches and is still involved in every aspect of manufacturing. Starting with the selection of world quality parts & components to the end result. Classique now proudly boasts the widest range of watches in the country, with prices ranging from as low as $200 to over $10,000 (solid gold diamond set watches).
The founder of Classique Watches, Mr. Sam Der Bedrossian began his professional career in Sydney, Australia in 1964.
At that time the import duty on watches from Switzerland was very high. Therefore traders were importing watch movements separately and assembling the individual watch components locally to save on duty. During that time Sam was assembling between 2000 and 3000 watches per week for numerous watch importers and wholesalers around Australia.
In March 1967 Sam started his own company, Sams Watchmaker Jeweller Pty Ltd that he still owns and manages today. Within a few years Sam began to import movements from Switzerland and to design and manufacture his own watches under the new brand, establishing Classique as the oldest watch company in Australia.
To this day Sam is still passionate about the detail and design of Classique watches and is very much involved in every aspect of manufacturing of the Classique range, including the specification and selection of world-class quality components that make up every Classique watch.
Of special note, Sam pioneered the concept of a single slice opal watch dial that was only 0.4mm in thickness. In 1987, the Export Development Group of NSW awarded Sams Watchmaker Jeweller Pty Ltd a special commendation for being the NSW Exporter of the Year, for exporting these unique opal watches overseas.
Classique now proudly boasts the widest range of watches in Australia, with retail prices ranging from $199 to over $30,000 for its superb solid gold diamond set models.
Sams Watchmaker Jeweller Pty Ltd prides itself on being the only company in Australia that continues to produce all its watches with genuine Swiss Made movements.
Sam is grateful and appreciative of the tremendous support of his many retail customers and friends from more than 50 years of business in Australia.
This collection continues to be outstanding in the Australian watch marketplace. We hope you enjoy it, thank you.