It's About Time! Watch Repair

Professional Pocket Watch Repair & Wrist Watch Repair Since 1998

Upper Sandusky, Ohio

Scott A. Ekleberry-Watchmaker

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PRICES AND INFORMATION IN EFFECT 2019

Below are our crystal prices. The crystal is the clear part on the front of the watch that you see the time though. Keep in mind that genuine factory crystals (if available) will be more. Please take these prices as a guide so you have some idea of the cost of your repair. The prices are only a guide as my cost on the crystals may go up at any time, and I probably will not know until I order the crystal. I often cannot get genuine crystals for most watches, the exceptions being Omega and Seiko. Most watch companies are now refusing to sell crystals even to material houses. The aftermarket repair sector is now relying mostly on "generic" or aftermarket crystals to complete repairs. In most cases these crystals are every bit as good as the originals and at a lower cost. The prices below are for the crystal only and the labor to install it, return shipping will be extra.

If you would like a crystal installed in your watch, please e-mail me so that we may schedule your repair.

Please note that I do not sell crystals by themselves, only with installation. 


Wristwatch Crystal Prices

·    Mineral glass wristwatch crystals start at $35. This price includes most thicknesses and sizes of mineral glass crystals. This price is for the "generic" non-factory crystals. This is the type of crystal that most modern wrist watches have from the factory. I keep most sizes of mineral glass crystals in stock so you can receive faster service with this type of crystal.

·    Round sapphire wristwatch crystals start at $60. This price includes most thicknesses and sizes of round sapphire crystals. This price is for the "generic" non-factory crystals. Sapphire crystals, while more expensive, have several advantages over mineral glass. These advantages include nearly scratch-free, stronger, and longer life (up to five times as long as a mineral glass crystal). Sapphire crystals are ordered as needed, as they are too expensive to keep an assortment in stock. Very thick sapphire crystals will be extra.

·    Plastic wristwatch crystals start at $30. This price includes most sizes of plastic crystals. This price is for the "generic" non-factory crystals and does not include hunting case pocket watches. I keep many of the older style of round and fancy plastic crystals in stock.

·    Sapphire crystals for TAG wristwatches start at $65. This price includes most thicknesses and sizes of sapphire crystals. This price is for the "generic" non-factory crystals.

·    Genuine crystals for Omega wristwatches will be priced when they are shipped to me. I'm sorry, but prices on Omega parts are constantly changing. Prices for Omega parts have gone up 400% in the last year, so anything-genuine Omega will be very expensive.

·    Sapphire crystals for Cartier and Movado wristwatches start at $115. This price includes most thicknesses and sizes of sapphire crystals. This price is for the "generic" non-factory crystals.


Pocket Watch Crystal Prices

·    Plastic Pocket Watch Crystals $35. Some pocket watchcases, particularly from the 1920's on, will only take plastic crystals.

·    Regular Thickness Glass Pocket Watch Crystals $40.

·    Double Thickness Glass Pocket Watch Crystals $45 (may not be available in all sizes).

·    Triple Thickness Glass Pocket Watch Crystals $55 (may not be available in all sizes).

·    Hunting Case Pocket Watch Crystals (If your pocket watch has a pop-open solid lid over the watch face it is a hunting case) starting at $55. Plastic or glass crystal will be fitted depending on what is available.


Important Points

·    All crystal prices include labor, but not return shipping. If your watch requires a new crystal gasket then that cost will be extra (most modern watches use crystal gaskets to hold in the crystal). Most times a new gasket is not required, but I wanted to mention it here just so there are no surprises later on.

·    Most crystal repairs take less than two weeks unless the crystal must be special ordered or the case must be sent out for a custom crystal. Mineral glass crystals, many plastic wristwatch and pocket watch crystals, and most glass open-face pocket watch crystals are kept in stock.

·    Where glue is required to install your crystal, I use only the finest available!

·    I have crystals for most vintage watches in stock. This includes Seiko, Gruen, Elgin, Hamilton, Illinois, Wittnauer, etc.

·    I have many faceted-edge ladies watch crystals in stock.

·    I have many vintage glass wristwatch crystals in stock including many round ones.

·    I do not sell crystals, I only install them. I need the crystals I have to service my customers’ watches. E-mails asking me to sell crystals only will not be answered. Thank you for your understanding.

·    In most cases, you cannot put a sapphire or mineral glass crystal into a modern watch that originally had a plastic crystal. The exceptions would be a watch that has a flat round plastic or glass crystal for sapphire, or a flat square or round plastic crystal for mineral glass. Most pocket watches can take either a glass or plastic crystal, but some pocket watchcases were designed just to take a plastic crystal.

·    Return shipping with $200 insurance runs $10 at this time.


Payment Methods

·    Personal check

·    Cashier’s check 

·    Money order

·    I do not take any credit card payments. Sorry!

·    Please make all checks or money orders payable to Scott A. Ekleberry

If you still feel you have any unanswered questions after reading through my website, please feel free to e-mail questions. Thank you!


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The Federal Trade Commission wants to hear from YOU on the right to repair issue!

The Federal Trade Commission is requesting your input on how repair restrictions including the unavailability of spare parts is affecting your business or consumer choice of repair person/location.

On July 16, 2019, the United States Federal Trade Commission held a workshop on repair restrictions. Public comment has been requested as they look into repair restrictions.

You can watch a video recording of the workshop at ftc.gov

The FTC is trying to determine the extent and effect of repair restrictions as it determines whether it should implement any regulations or recommend any policy changes.

The bulk of the investigation has been focused on the repair of electronic devices like phones, automobiles, and farm equipment but this is your opportunity to try to steer the investigation to include watch repair and the restrictions imposed by manufacturers.

This issue affects all of us! Tell your peers and customers!

The FTC has made a request for public comments to be submitted before September 16, 2019 at the workshop website.

The more responses the FTC receives the more effective the response will be. The voice of the consumer is just as powerful (if not more so) than the voice of the watchmaker. Please make your voice heard today! Thank you!

For more on this issue please read below:

Repair Parts Restricted Brands

Please Read!

Mechanical watches require periodic service in order to keep them in proper operating condition. The cost of periodic maintenance is part of the long-term cost of ownership, which must be factored into any watch purchase decision.

We believe the watch buying consumer should have the right to have their watch serviced by the watchmaker of their own choosing and not be forced to obtain service only from factory repair facilities at non-competitive prices. 

We believe that an open market for repair service promotes competition, holds down repair costs, and is good for the watch consumer.

It is our understanding that the manufacturers of the following brands refuse to sell repair parts to independent watchmakers. In some cases, these manufacturers will not even sell repair parts to their authorized dealers. We believe this practice is unfair to both consumers and independent watchmakers.

We would further add that only through consumer pressure can this situation be resolved. We encourage you to contact your State and US Congressional representatives about this issue. In addition, inform the company or companies exactly how you feel about this policy. As long as the manufacturers are allowed to continue this policy, the consumer will suffer with higher repair prices in a noncompetitive environment. In addition, the future of the independent watchmaker, both in the United States and other countries is being called into serious doubt because of the lack of repair parts.

Anyone considering the purchase of one of these watches should inquire whether the brand will provide repair parts to the independent watchmaker of the customer's choosing, or if the watch can only be serviced at the manufacturer's repair facility. We hope you will consider this information carefully before making your purchase decision.

A. Lange & Sohne

Alfred Dunhill

Bertolucci

Blancpain

Breguet

Breitling

Bulgari

Cartier

Certina

Chaumet

Chopard

Daniel Mink

David Yurman

Dior

Doxa

Ebel

Fossil

Frederique Constant

Franck Muller

Guess

Glycine

Hublot

Harry Winston

Krieger

Jaeger-LeCoultre

Marcel Watch

Luminox

Mont Blanc

Meylan Stopwatches

Piaget

Parmigiani

Raymond Weil

Pierre Balmain

Sector

RGM

Tourneau

Skagen

Ulysse Nardin

Tutima

Van Cleef & Arpels

Vacheron Constantine

Zodiac

Invicta

Omega

Rolex

 

The independent watchmakers appreciate your support, and encourage you to contact your local or state Consumer Protection Agency and the Federal Trade Commission. For more information, you may also want to visit the following site: http://www.andre-fleury.com/


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It's About Time! Watch Repair
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