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Frequently Asked Questions, answered

Do you change batteries, sell watch bands, and/or repair watches?

- Yes, yes, and when the stars are aligned.

Do I need to make an appointment, or can I just come in?

- No appointment is necessary, just waltz on in (when we're open) and we will take care of your watch needs.

Can I wait for my battery change, or do I have to come back later?

- We've had someone time us at 20 seconds for a watch battery change; it may take longer, but probably not more than 10 minutes. We do have some chairs you can sit in while you wait, and we've been told they're comfy.

How can I tell if my watch needs a battery or if it is "mechanical"?

A) Does your watch say "quartz" on the dial? If yes, it's a quartz, and it may just need a battery! It may also need more repairs, but bring it in and we can tell you! Batteries can (usually) be done while you wait!

B) Does your watch wind via the crown? Does it say "automatic" or "self winding" on the dial? Does it say "17 (or 21 or 3000) jewels"? Congratulations, you have a mechanical watch!

C) Still not sure what kind of watch you have? Bring it in, and we'll unravel the mystery together!

My watch dial says it is water resistant to 6 bazillion meters. What is your warranty against water incursion?

We do not warranty against water on any watch. No, not even your dive watch that says it is water resistant to 6 bazillion meters. Not even if you ask why not; not even if you tell us it has never, ever leaked ever in the 23 years you have owned it; not even if you say please. While we are physically unable to stop you from wearing your watch to the bottom of the Mariana Trench or even into the shower, we do gently suggest you take your watch off before doing so. On the upside, if you do take your watch down to the abyssal depths, you're probably not coming back to complain.

Do you fix jewelry, clocks, music boxes, or whirligigs?

- There are enough problems in the world without us adding to them by breaking your clock (Nana's ring, music box, or whirligig) in an attempt to fix it. Please visit your local goldsmith, clockmaker, or whirligig artist to have these things taken care of.


How much will my repair cost?


- Please take a look at our "Services" page, listed in the menu above, which outlines a base rate for most services. All base rates are the minimum amount of money you're going to need to throw our way for a repair. If your watch needs more extensive repairs or needs parts, the cost will go up from the base rate, but you're going to need to bring that puppy in for a look-see in order for us to tell you what that final number will be. Don't be nervous about coming to see us...we're very friendly, or at least friendly enough.

How long will my mechanical repair take?


- We've all been told innumerable times patience is a virtue. With that virtue in mind, the typical time-frame for a mechanical repair is between 12 and 18 months at this point, April 2024. It may take longer, if parts are needed and those parts are not readily available. We are confident this is as distressing to us as it is to you.

Can I pay more to get my mechanical watch done faster?

- There is no amount of money that will make up for the inevitable heartache of a rush job. If you are having a watch emergency, please dial 911 to be directed to the appropriate emergency department.


Is my watch done yet?

- If you have not heard from us, then your watch is probably not done. There are occasions when we simply have not had an opportunity to contact you, but those times are few and far between. So please, refer to the above FAQ about the time-frame of a watch repair and eagerly - but not anxiously - await our call. We can absolutely promise we have not forgotten about your watch/sold it/burned the building down in a fit of pique. If you must contact us to inquire about the status of your repair, please click on the the "Contact Us" page in the menu above.

Why don't you hire some help so your turnaround time is quicker?

- When the Creator was handing out business plans (on their day off) they said to us "Hey, kid! How about you offer watch repair at a reasonable price? Or, you could charge way more and have some help at the bench. But, just so you know... high prices make the baby Jesus cry. Lol." Thus spake the Creator, and it was good, and our time frame remained staggering.



What is your warranty?

- We warranty our labor on mechanical repairs for 1 year*. If your watch fails during that year, please bring it back to us**; there is no additional charge for labor if other repairs are needed due to our incompetence! However, if your watch has suffered damage at your hands (if your dog digested it and your have since retrieved it from its terrible grave, or your child smashed with a hammer, or your grandma gummed it after eating one of her ancient purse-candies) we can't cover that. Our warranty also does not cover additional work or parts that were not addressed at the time of the initial repair; precognition is not a service we are offering at this point (but we might later?), and things do break even after our tender ministrations. We want you to be happy, and we will do everything we reasonably can to get your watch into good shape, but we also need to be cognizant of the value of our time.

* There are no refunds on completed repairs unless the watch  is deemed unrepairable by our watchmaker. Any refunds offered will be less any parts installed at the initial repair, as well as the initial deposit on the repair.

**Yes, you have to bring it back in to the shop; we literally can do nothing over the phone or email to resolve mechanical issues.

- We warranty the parts and labor on a quartz watch for 1 year, provided the parts are available.

My watch is making this noise (chugga chugga CLINK), can you give me a rough idea of the issue and the cost over the phone or in response to my email?

- ...No. Please bring your watch in for a free estimate, which we can generally do while you wait.

My watch is running fine, but it is 67 years old and has never been serviced. Do I really need a full overhaul?

- ...Yes. Think of it like this: your watch is a little machine, and even the littlest machines need maintenance to keep on truckin'. Conversely,  you can wait until it stops running, bring it in, and then we'll have a grand old time talking about how an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But you do you, boo.

My watch is under the manufacturer's warranty, but I do not want to send it to the factory for service. Can you take a look at it to assess the issues?

- Well... the manufacture/seller of your watch may be the only place with access to the necessary parts for your watch, and you may only be out shipping, if the damage is caused by a defect (as opposed to something you did to your poor watch.) That being said, we can certainly look at your watch and discuss possible solutions, however if you choose to send your watch in for warranty service after we have looked at it, there will be a $25 service charge for our time. And are you really sure you want us to work on it, or are you just avoiding packaging it up to send? No judgement (we typically avoid mailing things as if our very lives depended on NOT going to the post) we're just curious about your motives.


Can you tell me about my watch? I don't need a repair, just information.

- While we do appreciate watches very much, and are happy to talk about them at length when given the opportunity, we've been reminded by The Captain there must be a limit. And that limit (for free talk) is 15 minutes (we have a timer!) So, with that in mind, we can look at a watch and give you a rough idea of when it was made based on it's appearance; this quick look is free! If you want the watch opened and researched, or if you'd just like to talk about your watch, that's gonna cost ya. Consultation rates are billed in 15 minute increments, and start at $25.

Can you tell me how much my watch is worth?

- We'd be happy to look at your watch and give you a rough idea of the price you could expect to get on a global forum such as Ebay; this service is $25. We do not offer written appraisals.

Is my watch worth fixing?

- We will never tell you your watch is not worth fixing, as there is monetary value and there is personal, sentimental value, and it is always worth every penny to us. We will let you know if you could expect to make your money back on the sale of your timepiece, should you choose to sell it after the repair.

I live in Alaska/Chicago/Eden Prairie. Can I mail you my watch for a repair?

- Please do not mail your watch to us. In addition to the issues of safety for your timepiece (the world is an imperfect place and things get damaged and/or lost in transit) we are absolutely terrible about opening our mail, which leads to frustration and anger and sometimes even irritability. We would encourage you to find a repair place nearer to you, ship it to a repair facility that has the ability to open your package in a timely manner, or better yet, take a road trip out to see us in person!

Do you consign or buy watches?

- We do not buy or consign individual pieces because we are terrible at sales and your watch will languish in the case for probably years. We do buy watchmakers' estates for the right price.

Can I trade you my old watch (old tools/my cat/services rendered) for service on a watch?

- Sadly, our landlord does not take watches (or old tools, sadly) in payment for the space we rent, so we must insist on monetary payment at this time.

I want to build a watch/take apart great-grandad's railroad pocket watch! How do I start?

- Take a look at our Hobbyist Info page for hints on how to build a watch and embark on the wondrous journey that is watch tinkering. Put down the tweezers and take a look at our Services page to find out how to get great-grandad's railroad pocket watch taken care of.

How did you get into watch repair?

- We wandered in one day and now we're not allowed to leave. That's upsetting, but on the other hand it's inside work with no heavy lifting, so the situation could be worse.

How do you stay in business? Isn't everyone just looking at their phone now?

- Frankly, it's a mystery to us as well, but it keeps us off the streets and gives us something to do.

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