Acting on a tip from a work colleague, I dropped in to "Smith & Smith" Pty Ltd, also known as The Sydney Horological Centre at Level 5, 193 Clarence Street, Sydney.
A rare pleasure indeed. Not since shopping at The Test Tube Factory in Ultimo have I enjoyed a shop so much.
The shop has a fantastic display of watch and clock parts, tools and servicing do-dads. They also stock an amusing array of cuckoo clocks and some impressive grandfather clocks. There are electronic movements you can put into an existing clock - you can choose between ticking and smooth too.
I came away with an "OptiVisor" head magnifier that I need for my recent forays into surface mount soldering, really I wanted the steampunk style that the guy I spoke with was wearing (left) but he told me that regrettably, they are no longer available.
If I ever need a small battery, this is certainly the place to get it - a huge range.