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Old 05-06-2010, 07:48 PM   #1
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watch repair shops

So the crown on my watch broke and fell off somewhere on the streets. Anyone know a shop somewhere in the lower mainland that can repair and replace the crown? Thanks
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Looking for the same thing, with exactly the same problem. Going to a jewelery shop was no help... think we might need someone more specialized for this.
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There's an actual watch repair guy in Rodeo Jewelers at Oakridge Centre. I found him helpful.

Water got inside my 16-year old Tag (probably because I didn't tighten the crown) and he helped me dry it out for free. Unfortunately it doesn't work reliably anymore because there's rust inside. He told me full repairs would cost $500+ and suggested that I look for a new watch.

I think he speaks Vietnamese though, so his English will be very difficult to understand.
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:28 AM   #4
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If your in downtown area, there's a guy called the German Watchmaker who I go to for any basic service...

He's in by the corner of Homer and Davie (on Homer) - South East corner.
1208 Homer Street #125, Vancouver, BC
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not a big fan of time & gold. the watch repair guy was a prick.
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Best watch repair in Vancouver is Otto Friedl in basement of Hotel Vancouver.
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not a big fan of time & gold. the watch repair guy was a prick.
YES. Time and Gold used to be good apparently, then it was bought by Chinese people from HKG with ZERO customer service. They fixed my watch once, only to have it die again several months later. I had to haggle with them to get it fixed again.
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i take my Omega Speedmaster to a place in Richmond Public Market, it's upstairs in a corner by the escalators, the place might seem shady and old, but the guy there has been fixing vintage watches and clocks in Hong Kong for over 40 years, a full service tune up on my Speedmaster only cost about $200 (Omega want $500 for the same service, and needs to ship to Toronto), and i saw him repairing lots of high end Rolex's (Submariners, Explorers, Daytonas, etc), including a vintage 1970's Submariner, which is one of my dream watches...
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i take my Omega Speedmaster to a place in Richmond Public Market, it's upstairs in a corner by the escalators, the place might seem shady and old, but the guy there has been fixing vintage watches and clocks in Hong Kong for over 40 years, a full service tune up on my Speedmaster only cost about $200 (Omega want $500 for the same service, and needs to ship to Toronto), and i saw him repairing lots of high end Rolex's (Submariners, Explorers, Daytonas, etc), including a vintage 1970's Submariner, which is one of my dream watches...
how long did it take him to do the service?
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Yeah that shop in Public Market is reputable.
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Sorry for the thread jack, but does anybody know a good trustworthy person who can change the length of the brace on a Rolex?

I need about two taken off, I've already tried various stores around Richmond, and all of the ones in Richmond Center, but none of them could unscrew it because there's small particles that have collected in the past year or two. The shop will need to have a machine to take it off.

The only place that I've been quoted was for $20, but it doesn't really seem like a nice shop for me to leave my watch to.

Anybody know of any good ones?
Pricing?

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theres..Timeco Watch & Clock Repairs Ltd‎

i see that place on my way to work. its on canada way and willingdon.
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Timeco Richmond Center and Also Metrotown couldn't do it.
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a rolex authorized dealer should have the tool to do it for you. e.g. monte cristo, palladio, brinkhaus
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how long did it take him to do the service?
about a week? i had other pieces to wear, so i told him to take his time on the service, but im sure he can do it quicker

fyi, the guy accepts cash only!
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about a week? i had other pieces to wear, so i told him to take his time on the service, but im sure he can do it quicker

fyi, the guy accepts cash only!
awesome.


now i know for sure time & gold are douchebags with poor customer service. they wanted 4 weeks to do the same thing. when i asked for my watch back and said that i was gonna take it somewhere else, the guy said "have it back, it's fake anyways". glad to know there's a guy that's cheaper and works faster.
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most of the watch repair shops in places like the bay / sears (they're independent of the chain store) they're actually really knowledgeable and skilled you could easily ask them for their advice
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now i know for sure time & gold are douchebags with poor customer service. they wanted 4 weeks to do the same thing. when i asked for my watch back and said that i was gonna take it somewhere else, the guy said "have it back, it's fake anyways". glad to know there's a guy that's cheaper and works faster.
yea, he is pretty reliable, i bring all of my automatics to him for servicing, if parts needs to be replaced, it might take longer as he needs to order the parts in for you, but i dont see that taking 4 weeks
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Sorry for the thread jack, but does anybody know a good trustworthy person who can change the length of the brace on a Rolex?

I need about two taken off, I've already tried various stores around Richmond, and all of the ones in Richmond Center, but none of them could unscrew it because there's small particles that have collected in the past year or two. The shop will need to have a machine to take it off.

The only place that I've been quoted was for $20, but it doesn't really seem like a nice shop for me to leave my watch to.

Anybody know of any good ones?
Pricing?

Thanks.
shoudl always be free. i've never heard anyone taking it back to monte or brinkus having to charge.
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a rolex authorized dealer should have the tool to do it for you. e.g. monte cristo, palladio, brinkhaus
Thanks for your reply!

I looked up all of them up, and Monte Cristo said they can do it.

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shoudl always be free. i've never heard anyone taking it back to monte or brinkus having to charge.
Thanks for your reply too!

Monte Cristo said it's complimentary from them to change the length, Brinkhaus only does it for their own customers.
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