It's About Time! Watch Repair

Professional Pocket Watch Repair & Wrist Watch Repair

Upper Sandusky, Ohio

Scott A. Ekleberry-Watchmaker

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PRICES AND INFORMATION IN EFFECT 2014

 


QUARTZ WATCHES

If your watch has the word "quartz" on the dial, or you have never wound it and it ran, it is probably a battery powered quartz watch.

If it has been over a year since you had a battery put in your watch, and you haven't gotten it wet, or done something really nasty to the watch, it probably has a dead battery.

Battery powered watches have less power in them than wind up watches, and they won't continue to run (and wear themselves out) with dirt in them as a mechanical watch would; they just stop. When your battery powered watch is new, you may get many years from a battery. As the watch ages and the oil gets gummy and the movement gets dirty, you'll get fewer and fewer years from each battery until a new battery won't make it run, then it will need to be cleaned. I can often "unblock" a stuck gear train with my "cyclonic" machine which spins the movement train at high speed using a magnetic field. If that doesn't work then the movement will have to be cleaned or replaced. Sometimes it's cheaper to replace the watch movement than it is to repair or clean and oil the movement. If movement replacement is not needed, the watch can often (but not always) be fixed for $25 or less which the estimate fee would cover (please see below). If your watch has a quartz movement there is a 99% chance it will be covered by the information on this page.


ESTIMATES

 

Estimates on quartz watches will be $40 to cover time to do a proper estimate and return shipping with $200 insurance. This estimate fee is for one (1) watch only, for each additional watch add $35 per watch. In the event you decide to have the work done, the estimate fee will be credited to your final bill.

If you would like extra insurance on your timepiece please add $1.00 per $100 of extra insurance and state so clearly in your note.


CAN YOU FIX MY WATCH?

In terms of repair to the inside (movement) of a quartz watch, the name on the outside means almost nothing as most (but not all) quartz watches use ETA, Miyota, ISA, Hattori, or Harley movements (plus a few other lesser brands). Most of these movements are readily available from material houses I do business with.

As far as the outside of the watch goes, maybe and maybe not. Many watch companies are using proprietary parts on their cases such as crystals and crowns. These same companies are often refusing to sell the parts to watchmakers in an attempt to force consumers to use THEIR service centers, often at great expense to the consumer. As an example I can't get Breitling crystals. Breitling demands that all watches be sent to them for COMPLETE overhaul (about $400) even if you only need a crystal or another simple part like a crown!. 

My approach has been to try to find the part (such as a crystal) at a material house first. If this is not successful I then call the watch company's service center and try to get the part (yes I DO ask nicely!). If I don't succeed in getting the part from them I often have the customer call the service center and request to purchase the part (no one likes an unhappy customer!). If all else fails then perhaps a suitable substitute (in the case of a crystal or crown) can be found.

In any event I WILL have to see the watch to give you an estimate or a yes/no answer on weather or not I can get parts or repair it. NO estimates will be given unless I have the chance to examine the watch.


QUARTZ WATCH REPAIR RATES


OTHER ITEMS YOU MAY WANT TO HAVE DONE WITH YOUR WATCH SERVICE

Why not have your watch's crystal replaced while your watch is in for service?? A new crystal makes a big difference in how your watch will look, makes it a lot easier to see the time too! The prices I charge for crystals are very reasonable. If your wrist watch has a "mineral glass" crystal now it may be able to be fitted with a sapphire crystal which will give you a virtually scratch resistant crystal for a long time to come. Click the link below for crystal prices.

CRYSTAL PRICES

Why not have your watch's crown replaced while your watch is in for service??? If your crown is gold plated, chances are it is worn and the plating is coming off. As with the crystal replacement, crown replacement can make a big difference in how the watch looks.

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Scott A. Ekleberry-Watchmaker
It's About Time! Watch Repair
A Full Service Watch Repair Shop In Upper Sandusky, Ohio,  USA

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CONTACT:
Scott A. Ekleberry-Watchmaker
It's About Time! Watch Repair
A Full Service Watch Repair Shop In Upper Sandusky, Ohio,  USA

E-mail the watchmaker

This site is protected by the copyright laws and international copyright treaties, as well as other intellectual property laws and treaties.  Violations of copyright laws and international treaties, as well as other intellectual property laws can be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

This page and all content copyright 2001-2010 by It's About Time! Watch Repair