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Re: Honor Thy Father [message #3873 is a reply to message #3871] Tue, 17 June 2014 03:23 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
MikeTheWatchGuy
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Registered: May 2013
Location: North Carolina
Gruen Guildsman

Wow, what a gift! That's a once in a lifetime father-son event.

I'm not surprised by the jewelers response. Many retail jewelers simply don't want to work on vintage watches. There's no money in them and the chances of problems are higher than cleaning or repairing a high end watch. So it may not be ignorance on their part but rather a nice-ish way of saying "move along please".

I recall breaking the balance staff in an Elgin wristwatch and being told the same thing many years back. I finally bought a broken movement for them to take the parts from. It was easier than arguing at that moment. After it was all done he basically said he's booked up (they all are) and researching parts takes time and it's time that he's not compensated for which is true.

There are a great number of members of our local AWCI watchmakers guild that won't work on vintage watches and these are guys that enjoy the history of watches. For them it's a business decision of choosing the business of cleaning a higher end watch for $300, which the owner doesn't flinch at paying, versus a repair of a watch not worth that much and is attached to a customer that wouldn't be very understanding of the price and would thus be a ticked off customer right from the git-go.

I would ask you if this is a chain jewelry store and do they have a watchmaker on premises that does the "real" work versus batteries and bands, but in the end I don't think it's of much help other than an attempt to understand the motivation of this particular watchmaker or business.

For future vintage work, I would suggest taking a look at the business directory at the NAWCC and AWCI sites and asking a few that you find about their vintage watch services. I think you are more likely to find businesses listed in directories on those two sites that are going to be of more help to you than you to them : Wink

Congrats again on pulling off something special, right down to the ugly green box, right from the 5th grade ;-) I'm kidding, it's cool and took effort to do.
 
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