Tockr, the American watch company that offers aviation-inspired, Swiss-made timepieces, announces its debut at Abt Electronics, the brand’s first authorized retail partner in the Chicagoland market. Tockr watches will be available for purchase in the Abt Time Boutique within the 120,000 square foot Abt showroom in Glenview, IL, and online at abt.com. The partnership unites two great independent American brands driven by family values, expert service, and products of superior quality. A third-generation, family-owned and operated independent retailer, Abt has been one of Chicago’s most beloved retail stores since 1936, while Tockr is an aviation-inspired, Texas-based watch brand founded by Austin Ivey to honour his family’s multi-generational legacy as airmen and pilots.
Abt’s 83-year history in the Chicagoland area has created a loyal customer base that spans generations. Abt specializes in expert customer service and a dazzling selection of top-flight brands and thousands of high-performance products in a variety of categories. As a market leader going head-to-head with big-box retailers, Abt often adopts emerging products and brands, like Tockr, which soon gain widespread regional and national distribution.
“We are very excited to welcome Tockr to the Abt watch family. The fact that Tockr is an American brand with family values and truly innovative products resonates with us. We are thrilled to share the synergy between our companies with our customers,” said Chad Taylor, Abt Senior Buyer.
Abt’s resident watch experts and watchmaker will sell and service a robust collection of Tockr timepieces, including the brand’s new Skytrain Collection as well as favorite Tockr models from the Air Defender, Air Defender HydroGraphic, and the D-Day C-47 collections.
“As an independent American watch brand, we’ve always done things our own way and put our relationships first. That’s why we are thrilled to work with Abt, an independent retailer that shares our work ethic and values,” said Sophy Rindler, Tockr Co-Founder.
Tockr will celebrate the brand’s launch in the Chicago market at a special multi-chapter RedBar Group collectors’ event that will bring together members of three different chapters of the watch collecting Group (RedBar Chicago, RedBar Madison, and RedBar Miami) to preview Tockr’s collections hands-on.
About Tockr™: Tockr™ is an American watch brand with a Swiss-made heart, founded in Austin, Texas in 2017. Inspired by his own experience as a pilot and the legacy of his grandfather, a U.S. Army pilot who flew C-47 aircraft during World War II, Founder Austin Ivey set out to combine his lifelong passions of watches and aviation in an accessible collection of aviation-inspired watches. In a short time, Tockr’s iconic C47 and Air Defender watch collections have already captured the imagination of watch enthusiasts around the world. Discover the universe of Tockr at tockr.com.
About Abt: Founded in 1936 when Jewel Abt loaned her husband, Dave $800 to open a small electronics store in the Logan Square neighbourhood in Chicago, Abt has grown to become the largest independent, single-store retailer of electronics, appliances and home goods in the country. This third-generation family owned-and-operated business (now run by Dave & Jewel’s four grandchildren, Mike, Ricky, Jon, and Billy who share the title of co-president) is known for its award-winning customer service from its team of over 1,400 expert staff. Its current location in Glenview, Illinois boasts a 120,000 square-foot showroom on 37 acres. The entire facility, including its newly expanded state-of-the-art warehouse, totals 450,000 square feet. Abt is also a major player on a national scale thanks to its thriving e-commerce website where customers can receive advice and customer support through the site’s live chat feature, email, and toll-free phone number (888-228-5800). For more information, visit www.Abt.com.