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    How To Find A Local Watchsmith

    My signature line is too long, so I decided to just post this as a thread.

    To find a local watch smith, look in your local telephone directory for watch and/or clock repair. Most small watch smith shops will be mom-and-pop businesses and will have little or no presence on the net. Do NOT try any ADs (new watch dealers) or large chain jewelry stores.

    Call them and tell them you have a watch that is a replica and uses a Chinese movement that, to your understanding, is a clone of an ETA movement. Tell them you know the watch isn't worth anything, but it was a gift and has sentimental value. Tell them that you were just wondering if they could look at it and SEE if they can service it. Let them know that you will NOT HOLD THEM RESPONSIBLE IN ANY WAY if the movement breaks while they are inspecting or servicing it, and that you will pay them for their time even if this happens. (Most are afraid of Chinese clone movements because they know nothing of them and are afraid that they are so cheaply made that even examining them will break them, and then they would be responsible to repair or replace the movement). You may have to call several before one agrees.

    Once they see the movement, you'll have no problems. Develop a relationship by talking with them about watches and movements, asking how they got started in this, etc. Do NOT ask if they would be willing to work on other reps for you - this will scare them (if they don't yet know and trust you) that you are somehow going to get them involved in something illegal. If you have other reps, bring one in a few weeks later, etc. After you develop the relationship, you will have no problems.

    Good luck!

    To find a local watch smith:
    http://www.replica-watch.info/vb/sho....html?p=503944<!-- / message --><!-- sig -->

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    I made it sticky

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      #3
      nice one!
      ROOSTER133 :roo:

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        #4
        super post. Thank you levelmanroger!

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          #5
          FYI.....This has worked twice now for me.
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            #6
            Great post.. Thanks LevelM

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              #7
              Great.
              Just what I was looking for.
              Alex

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                #8
                Any watchmaker near DC who is willing to work on rep? PM me please.

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                  #9
                  Just thought it should be said, great post. Excellent idea Level.

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                    #10
                    We could post a list by country...

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                      #11
                      If I post name and address of my smithy he will crucify me lol.
                      Nice post roger.
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                        #12
                        Found one in Florida thanks to this post. Thanks LevelM!

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                          #13
                          wonder if there would be interest in a section entitled "Local Watchsmith reviews."?
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by ilovetrains, post: 582044
                            wonder if there would be interest in a section entitled "Local Watchsmith reviews."?
                            Not a horrible idea.. but like JellyJoe said above I'm not sure how many mainstream watchsmiths would appreciate being advertised on a replica forum.

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                              #15
                              Few if any.
                              Bad idea.

                              To find a local watch smith:
                              http://www.replica-watch.info/vb/sho....html?p=503944<!-- / message --><!-- sig -->

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