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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Mechanical Watches

The mechanical watch is similar to a miniature engine. The inside the watch fitted with the regulating and other parts, forms the movement, or main part of the watch. The way the mechanical watch keeps time can be broken down as follows: First, the barrel and mainspring transmit power to the "train" or gears of the watch. Second, the "train" transmits the power to the escapement. Third, the escapement takes the power and transmits it to the balance wheel by a pallet with stones and roller with an impulse stone, which is attached to the balance wheel. Fourth the escapement energy is transmitted to the balance wheel and it along with the escapement create the power divisions which make up the time keeping and "beat" of the watch. Finally, the time-keeping ability of the balance and escapement is transmitted to the hands, which are staked to the long lower pivots of the gear train of the watch. For and automatic-wind watch an additional mechanism designed to wind the watch as wearer moves about during the day. For a chronograph another mechanism, the chronograph plate, would be incorporated and would contain the gear train and hands of the chronograph mechanism.

Quartz Watches

In a quartz watch, the heart of the movement is the integrated circuit and quartz crystal. Power comes from a small battery. Time keeping is regulated by a quartz crystal, which is made to vibrate by the power supplied through the circuit by the battery. Quartz watches are extremely accurate thanks to their high frequency of the quartz crystal oscillations (32 kHz), most quartz watches are accurate to within a few seconds or a minute or so a year.


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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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