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Old 13 February 2008, 03:54 AM   #1
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Independent Watchmaker References..

This is an area to post a recommendation of yours for an independent watchmaker in your area..

If you use a good watchmaker, or have had a good experience and feel that this can aid the members in their search for quality work on their time-piece, this is the place to post it..

The Rolex Forum does not endorse any watchmaker, nor do we guarantee their work in any manner or form..

To help the members find this resource in their area, place the watchmakers location prominately at the top..
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Old 13 February 2008, 05:45 AM   #2
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Watch and Bracelet Restoration

While not strictly a local watchmaker, many folks are looking for restoration of their old stretched and damaged bracelets..

Bob Ridley, for complete Rolex restoration:
http://www.watchmakers.com/index.html

Several members give this place high marks for bracelet work:
www.classicwatchparts.com

For dial relume and restoration:
http://www.angelfire.com/blues/andca...Firstpage.html
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Old 14 February 2008, 05:40 PM   #3
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Jackson Square Jewelers
http://jacksonsquare.com/

Small, clean store with a large variety of high-end watches. Serviced my 1655 without a hitch. Orbita roadshow stops by every now and then.
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Old 8 March 2008, 03:17 AM   #4
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In Los Angeles I use djbwatches. Good pricing and fast turn around.
http://www.djbwatches.com
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Old 8 March 2008, 03:53 AM   #5
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For anyone in the Greater Cincinnati area I've had good transactions with and fair deals from Cleves and Lonniman Jewelers from Belleview, Ky. Charlie Cleves, watchmaker w/ Rolex expert Rolex parts account. 859 261 3636, ccleves@fuse.net .
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Old 8 March 2008, 07:45 PM   #6
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Anybody in the UK...there's only really two to go to.

Tylden Reed and Chris Heal.

Tylden repaired and renovated my dead Oyster Date and is probably one of the only guys who can now service the watch (he was recommended to me by Rolex Bexley).
http://www.tyldenreed.co.uk/

Chris, I have not used yet but he is highly regarded and has always been professional, polite and prompt in our correspondence.
http://www.chealwatch.co.uk/

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Old 21 March 2008, 02:56 AM   #7
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Some questions have been made about restoration and service for vintage and rare models.

Mr. Bob Ridley is known for quality work in this area. He can be found at this site:

http://www.watchmakers.com/index.html
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Old 18 February 2009, 10:17 PM   #8
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www.usawatchservice.com

Haris Durakovic is a Certified Swiss Watchmaker and AWCI member specializing in Rolex , Omega, Tag Heuer, Breitling and other fine Swiss timepieces. He is a great person and very helpful.
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Old 6 March 2009, 06:02 AM   #9
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My watch repairman specializes in Rolexes...
144 Hester Street, New York, NY 10013
Its called K&E Jewlery, but in the back there is a watchmaker. Hes Chinese and doesn't speak english, but his daughter is there on most weekends to speak english.
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Old 1 April 2009, 04:08 AM   #10
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good independent

Here in Calgary, Canada, there is a terrific independent watch maker who specializes in the Swiss makes; Rolex, Tudor, etc.

Andy Affolter
Swiss Watch Clinic
1805 - 14 Street S.W.
Calgary, AB T2T 3T1
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Old 28 August 2009, 06:30 AM   #11
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A great watchmaker in Dallas that is certified Rolex watchmaker, worked for the RSC in Dallas for more than 14 years and owns his own shop is:

Manuel Chamosa
(972)404-9177

On Preston Rd. near Belt Line Rd., Dallas

Very clean, honest, expert eye and not expensive
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Old 1 September 2009, 06:51 AM   #12
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In the greater Chicago area I highly recommend The Time Center in Westchester, IL. Laiq is extremely competent at diagnosing problems and fixes at an affordable rate with a quick turn around. He has done several repairs for me and is a very knowledgeable watch guy!
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Old 2 September 2009, 06:41 AM   #13
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here in Santo Domingo i take my watches to
Joyería Groba
Ave. Los proceres ,Diamond Mall
1er Nivel Local 25-A,
Tel.:809-541-5342
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Email:e.groba@codetel.net.do

they serviced all my watches
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Old 17 September 2009, 06:41 AM   #14
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Anybody in the UK...there's only really two to go to.

Tylden Reed and Chris Heal.

Tylden repaired and renovated my dead Oyster Date and is probably one of the only guys who can now service the watch (he was recommended to me by Rolex Bexley).
http://www.tyldenreed.co.uk/

Chris, I have not used yet but he is highly regarded and has always been professional, polite and prompt in our correspondence.
http://www.chealwatch.co.uk/

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please dont use chris heal my watch was returned un repaired and missing the sub seconds hand
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Old 24 September 2009, 05:16 PM   #15
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In Los Angeles I use djbwatches. Good pricing and fast turn around.
http://www.djbwatches.com
it seems that "djbwatches" are also The Watch Empire.

http://www.thewatchempire.com

because they have the same address:

607 S. Hill St. Suite # 508
Los Angeles, CA 90014
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Old 13 October 2009, 11:32 PM   #16
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Old 14 October 2009, 12:14 AM   #17
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Old 15 October 2009, 04:51 AM   #18
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Based on others recommendations on this forum (and dissatisfaction with Rolex Dallas SC work), I had Rik Dietel of http://TimeCareInc.Com work on my Rolex DateJust midsize watches. He is Rolex Certified and Rolex Repair/Parts Authorized. Based in Seminole Florida, he is readily available to communicate with you for your Rolex servicing needs. His work on my watches was superb and his polishing/detailing skills was far superior to what I got at RSC. His service prices were half of what was charged to me at RSC. Finally, I never had more than a 4 day wait for my watches to be sent back to me!! Compare that to RSC! Rik comes highly recommended by me!
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Old 12 November 2009, 09:36 AM   #19
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do not use Denis Carignan in New Hampshire

Two Rolex's sent to him.

Mine was serviced apparently well, but less than a year later it would stop every 5-7 days needing rewinding. Denis took it back - no cost - to fix, and failed to find anything wrong. I finally bought some tools took it apart thought the rotor axle looked dry. A spot of grease and it has been fine for three or more months.

My friend's Sub (1680?) was thoroughly fitted out with new parts to the tune of $1,100+. It didn't keep good time, and leaked. Sent back and still no improvement.

He talks a good story and seems a nice guy, but...
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Old 12 November 2009, 12:24 PM   #20
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Hi all. A newbie here....but trying to help. You might want to think about Tom Nesbit, Nesbit's Watch Service if in the Seattle area. He did a great job of breathing life back into an old NQS Datejust of mine - just like new and real parts! His prices are reasonable, and he is also the local authorized Omega Man.
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Old 26 November 2009, 10:57 AM   #21
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excellent service in northern nj AD

anyone looking for an authorized AD in northern nj ..look no further than damore jewelers in cliffside park nj ....they give excellent service on all hi end and at very reasonable prices
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Old 22 January 2010, 12:25 AM   #22
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C G Del Rosario Watch, Toronto, Canada

Excellent service, neat shop, specializes in Rolex and Omega, Quick service and reasonably priced.

55 Queen St. E, Downtown Toronto
look for Boots Del Rosario
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Old 22 January 2010, 01:02 AM   #23
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RSC Dallas Tech - and a member here.

New member here Jan '10 - screen name HighHorology

5 years at RSC Dallas (first 1.5 in a training program paired with a master watchmaker)

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Real nice guy and a true magician.

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Old 24 January 2010, 07:01 AM   #24
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If you are in California & don't want to ship to RSC in Dallas.....there's a licensed indie RSC in San Francisco....all they work on are Rolex...they'll work on vintage, they can get parts etc. from Rolex Dallas & they are terrific....plus they are nice people, very helpful. They have renovated three of my old Rolexes & did a wonderful job!
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Old 30 April 2010, 02:34 AM   #25
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Any information relating to the above web-site that I should be aware of ?
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Old 30 April 2010, 05:26 AM   #26
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Timepiece Network in Burbank are very good...serviced one of my Rolexes last year.
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Old 12 May 2010, 12:16 AM   #28
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royal jewelers

royal jewelers fargo no their watchmaker just celebrated his 25th anniversary there, great guy and very interested in educating the consumer and collectors rather than just breaking cases and making money when i win the lotto i will be getting my patek from him and all i am going to do is tell him to put a watch on my wrist i will take it, trust him that much. had my 04 datejust serviced 7 days 350 bucks and includes warranty.
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Old 13 May 2010, 03:36 AM   #29
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anyone looking for an authorized AD in northern nj ..look no further than damore jewelers in cliffside park nj ....they give excellent service on all hi end and at very reasonable prices
I live in Manhattan and need help with two watches from the '60s and '70s. Can you give me his specific info? It is hard for me to know whom to trust, but if you vouch for him, that would ease my mind. Perhaps send me a PM. Thank you.
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Any information relating to the above web-site that I should be aware of ?
I too would like to know how this site, watch-network.net can offer such amazing prices.

Who in their right mind would wire money (Paypal seemingly not accepted) to them without some buyer protection.

Does anyone have any information on them?
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