• Uptown Material House (UMH) was founded by two WWII veterans, A. Fisher and V. Feldman, after their discharge from military service. The business flourished for 40 years as one of New York City's most successful watch material houses. In those days, before the introduction of the quartz watch, watch material was a stand-alone business. Selling watch parts was a viable business on its own and New York City had over 15 watch material houses in the 5 boroughs.
Mr. Seo, rented a corner space and worked a watch bench within Uptown Material, and in 1986, when Arthur and Victor were ready to retire, purchased the business. By that time the watch material business had already started to change dramatically. Those 15 watch material houses were now 5. To maintain Uptown Material as a growing business, Mr. Seo added jewelry tools and supplies to the company's product mix.
A new era of strength and growth was started. Mr. Seo's son Sean joined the business in 1996. Sean oversaw moving the business in 2006 to its current location, as well as adding manufacturing equipment, packaging and displays to the inventory carried. The company has thrived in a very tough market. Today we are happy to make all our products available in our store and online.