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Missing my old watchmaker

Postby tiktok » August 28th 2017, 9:27pm

When I was living in Seattle ten years ago I met a watchmaker at one of those mall kiosks. He was in his final year at N Seattle Community College's watch making program, one of the crew and best watch trade schools. He was just dying to take apart and reassemble watches. He was charging me $40 for a complete servicing and I just kept bringing him watches. Prices a little different nowadays in New York but that's expected.
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Re: Missing my old watchmaker

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » August 29th 2017, 1:39pm

$40 is roughly what my watchmaker takes for a service. Well, it's more if anything needs to be replaced (mainspring, balance staff...).

I also remember one guy on WUS, who had his watches serviced by an Amish watchmaker, who also charged $40 - and if to believe him, the man could really pull off true miracles with restoring pocket watch movements.
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Re: Missing my old watchmaker

Postby foghorn » August 29th 2017, 1:45pm

Jeebus guys!! Send me their numbers. Around these parts you are lucky to drop less than 3 figures on any automatic watch that requires the caseback be removed.

I did try someone other than my regular guy ,on a whim, to get a crown replaced because I was curious and got a quote of 50 bucks.
Total hack job and still needs repair but I don't want my regular guy to get pissed. So it's still in the drawer of attention needing watches.
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Re: Missing my old watchmaker

Postby Thunder1 » August 29th 2017, 2:21pm

foghorn wrote:Jeebus guys!! Send me their numbers. Around these parts you are lucky to drop less than 3 figures on any automatic watch that requires the caseback be removed.

I did try someone other than my regular guy ,on a whim, to get a crown replaced because I was curious and got a quote of 50 bucks.
Total hack job and still needs repair but I don't want my regular guy to get pissed. So it's still in the drawer of attention needing watches.

Same here..name and phone #, please..
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Re: Missing my old watchmaker

Postby tiktok » August 29th 2017, 3:39pm

My guy now works as Rolex technician in Honolulu.
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Re: Missing my old watchmaker

Postby 3Flushes » August 29th 2017, 3:59pm

I sent my watches home for service/repair for 36 years until macular degeneration forced my watchmaker to retire. He was in business for 53 years and was the only watchmaker I'd ever done business with.

Found a local guy downtown but it's just not the same.
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Re: Missing my old watchmaker

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » August 29th 2017, 4:08pm

Thunder1 wrote:
foghorn wrote:Jeebus guys!! Send me their numbers. Around these parts you are lucky to drop less than 3 figures on any automatic watch that requires the caseback be removed.

I did try someone other than my regular guy ,on a whim, to get a crown replaced because I was curious and got a quote of 50 bucks.
Total hack job and still needs repair but I don't want my regular guy to get pissed. So it's still in the drawer of attention needing watches.

Same here..name and phone #, please..

For one you'd need to send the watches across the Atlantic, and the Amish guy - I've heard about him, but that's that. Besides, the Amish don't use telephones, do they?
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Re: Missing my old watchmaker

Postby TemerityB » August 29th 2017, 6:59pm

tok could probably inform you better than I could, but we have a lot of good watchmakers here in NYC, with a few I trust - but none of them are anything even remotely close to the amazing prices that tok paid. I read it and I'm agog.

There's a guy on 47th we've been using, but I've never had him do a traditional interval service. I don't mind paying, but to me the big factor is a quality service job.
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Re: Missing my old watchmaker

Postby ocean » August 29th 2017, 7:05pm

foghorn wrote:Jeebus guys!! Send me their numbers. Around these parts you are lucky to drop less than 3 figures on any automatic watch that requires the caseback be removed.

I did try someone other than my regular guy ,on a whim, to get a crown replaced because I was curious and got a quote of 50 bucks.
Total hack job and still needs repair but I don't want my regular guy to get pissed. So it's still in the drawer of attention needing watches.


What kind of watch foggy I might be able to help you out of your jam.
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Re: Missing my old watchmaker

Postby Tzimisces » August 29th 2017, 7:35pm

Around these parts you're lucky to find a watchmaker.
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Re: Missing my old watchmaker

Postby biglove » August 29th 2017, 7:46pm

Tzimisces wrote:Around these parts you're lucky to find a watchmaker.



Same here. There is one Rolex certified fellow with a backlog and he has got to be in his 80s.
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Re: Missing my old watchmaker

Postby tiktok » August 29th 2017, 9:25pm

The guy who was in watch school took apart and put together my Nienaber Retrolator:
Jumping hour regulator in the 12 position
Retrograde minute hands
Subsidiary seconds hand
Completely reworked A Schild 1130 movement
Hand wound mechanical movement with a 46 h reserve

So he said it was a very brilliant yet simple mod of movement that basically died with the rise of quartz.. All I know is most watchmakers today would act like there's an R8 under the hood and jack you accordingly. $40 freaking bucks to me.
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