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Precision Watch Repair In NYC

Post by TemerityB » February 24th 2015, 12:50pm

I don't know if we have any other members in the NYC metro area or those who might work in NYC, but here's a short one about good service in a most unlikely place:

About 18 months ago, I bought the missus a gray Bulova Accutron women's watch; a quartz Saleya, the model is (Ashford, as I recall). Of late, I change the batteries on anything we own that's worth under $500. So, it stops, and I change the battery, and it runs for one day before dying. I knew it wasn't the Renata battery I had just installed, and I guess the quartz movement inside just crapped out for whatever reason.

I didn't want to send it to Bulova or take it to, say, Tourneau, where they always try to hijack customers into getting "maintenance" that sometimes costs as much as the watch itself; this watch had an MSRP of around a grand but I only paid about $200 for it. After asking around and then reading some shockingly positve Yelp reviews, we decide to have her take it to tiny kiosk in a big diamond district mall called Precision Watch Repair (47th Street).

I wasn't there, but this was the entire story: She meets the one guy who works in the booth, a nice smallish guy named Mikhail. She tells him her watch had stopped, and she didn't think it was the battery. He takes the watch from her, says, "ahh, Swiss watch," and tests it and tells her the battery is new, and he too thinks it needs a new quartz movement. He says he can get the same movement, he will have to order it, and will have it for her in two days fixed. In two days, she picked it up, and it cost $65 total. Out of curiosity, I opened the watch caseback and saw that yes, it was the same movement that the previous one was. The job was pristine without a mar or caseback miss or scratch. There was no upsell or BS, just in and out in two quick visits.

Found a new place for simple repairs, it seems. I know this is all simple stuff, but you should live so long before you have to deal with some of the watch repair nonsense that goes on in even the "best" stores.
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Post by conjurer » February 24th 2015, 12:57pm

A good story and a good testimonial for a place that does good work!

It's kind of sad, really, that anything approaching good service these days deserves comment. Not to sound all old and fucking decrepit like Mort, I recall a time when most places that provided service (of any sort) usually did a good job. Today? Not so much.
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Post by abduksion » February 24th 2015, 1:31pm

Wait whatever happened to Accutrons made today are Chinese junk theory? Anyways good to hear you never know who or what kind of service your gonna find without searching. BTW isn't there a watch store/shop somewhere in Grand Central Station?
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Post by TemerityB » February 24th 2015, 8:22pm

abduksion wrote:Wait whatever happened to Accutrons made today are Chinese junk theory?


This again?

The watch in question is old stock Bulova Accutron; those models were Swiss made (and state so on their faces). The new Accutron II models are assembled in China, as are straight-up Bulova models. The new Accutron II models in no way resemble the older "Bulova Accutron" models; that moniker has been replaced with "Bulova Accu-Swiss," which takes up where the old "Bulova Accutron" left off. All these name changes took place late in 2013 or so.

I always kind of liked Bulova Accutron; my wife owns two. Accutron II is where the "Chinese" comes in, as Bulova Accutron no longer exists except for the gray market. Many of our members here like the new Accutron II models, especially the ones that resemble the early Accutron Spaceview. However, after going to a local Macy's and handling all the new models put out under the Bulova umbrella, I remain completely unimpressed - others love them. Fine by me.
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Re: Precision Watch Repair In NYC

Post by abduksion » February 25th 2015, 5:51pm

TemerityB wrote:
abduksion wrote:Wait whatever happened to Accutrons made today are Chinese junk theory?


This again?

The watch in question is old stock Bulova Accutron; those models were Swiss made (and state so on their faces). The new Accutron II models are assembled in China, as are straight-up Bulova models. The new Accutron II models in no way resemble the older "Bulova Accutron" models; that moniker has been replaced with "Bulova Accu-Swiss," which takes up where the old "Bulova Accutron" left off. All these name changes took place late in 2013 or so.

I always kind of liked Bulova Accutron; my wife owns two. Accutron II is where the "Chinese" comes in, as Bulova Accutron no longer exists except for the gray market. Many of our members here like the new Accutron II models, especially the ones that resemble the early Accutron Spaceview. However, after going to a local Macy's and handling all the new models put out under the Bulova umbrella, I remain completely unimpressed - others love them. Fine by me.


I was referring to the standard Accutrons not the Accu-swiss or Accuton II. Its just seem that sometimes and I'm
not naming names some can be a little hypocritical. The one I'm looking is also Swiss Made but yet some say
its made in China? How's that possible I don't know. Nor do I care to know.
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Post by Horse Feathers » February 25th 2015, 6:00pm

abduksion wrote:The one I'm looking is also Swiss Made but yet some say
its made in China? How's that possible I don't know. Nor do I care to know.


Glad you could answer that for yourself.
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Post by abduksion » February 25th 2015, 6:02pm

Horse Feathers wrote:
abduksion wrote:The one I'm looking is also Swiss Made but yet some say
its made in China? How's that possible I don't know. Nor do I care to know.


Glad you could answer that for yourself.


Yup from now on I'll just take the risks.
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Post by TemerityB » February 25th 2015, 7:57pm

abduksion wrote:
Horse Feathers wrote:
abduksion wrote:The one I'm looking is also Swiss Made but yet some say
its made in China? How's that possible I don't know. Nor do I care to know.


Glad you could answer that for yourself.


Yup from now on I'll just take the risks.


Oh yeah? So who a hypocrite, kev? And WTF is a "standard Accutron"? How about learning a little about what you want to know instead of badgering?

And BTW, thanks for yet another thread hijack.
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Post by abduksion » February 26th 2015, 12:47am

TemerityB wrote:
abduksion wrote:
Horse Feathers wrote:
abduksion wrote:The one I'm looking is also Swiss Made but yet some say
its made in China? How's that possible I don't know. Nor do I care to know.


Glad you could answer that for yourself.


Yup from now on I'll just take the risks.


Oh yeah? So who a hypocrite, kev? And WTF is a "standard Accutron"? How about learning a little about what you want to know instead of badgering?

And BTW, thanks for yet another thread hijack.


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