In 1952, Jack and Mickey Kopol founded Kopol & Kopol, a general merchandise company dedicated to wholesaling quality merchandise at the lowest possible prices. After many successful years in business, they left Chicago to retire in Encinitas, California, a northern suburb of San Diego. But long-time friends and satisfied clients continued to call with requests for products. Jack and Mickey came out of retirement and went back into business, this time specializing in watches. Brand new, brand name watches. And to reflect the nature of their new business, they changed Kopol & Kopol to About TimeŽ. In 1995, well ahead of most of their competition, they launched www.aboutime-watches.com, soon replaced by www.abouttime.com.
When Mickey and Jack retired (again!) in 2003, they sold their business to Holly and Marty Burns. Marty, an avid watch collector, had been a good customer of About TimeŽ since 1991. Over the years, the Burnses, their friends, and their family bought many watches from the Kopols. Nowhere else did they find such pleasant service and fine watch values.
Like Jack and Mickey, Holly and Marty are not native Californians. They relocated from Rockland County, New York to Orange County, California in 2000. To provide better customer service as well as longer operational hours, they moved the business a little closer to home to larger quarters in Dana Point. In the fall of 2003, Marty's oldest son Steve Burns left his engineering management position at an aerospace company in Connecticut and as one of the owners of About Time began integrating the latest technologies into the business. In response to rapid growth, they once again moved the business in 2006 to a larger location in Dana Point, California.
Today, visitors at our store as well as calls and e-mails pour in from all over the world. Customers quickly become friends, thanks to the personal, knowledgeable service of the About TimeŽ staff. They ship nearly every watch brand at every price point across the country and around the globe. And no matter how many watches they ship, the only things they count are the letters from grateful customers.