Watchyou talkin' 'bout, Willis?
December 14, 2008 3:03 PM   Subscribe

I need a recommendation for a watch store or jeweller in New York City.

Can any of you NYC area mefite's direct me to a reputable jeweller or watch store that can change the bracelet of a watch for me? I already have the replacement band, I just need someone to take off the old one and replace it with the new one. I just purchased a new watch from overseas and it was shipped to me unadjusted. It seems to me that its an easy task to do, I just don't want to be over charged with this kind of service.

I am located downtown in lower Manhattan on the west side. Thanks a bunch.
posted by cazoo to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (4 answers total)
What kind of watch is it. Your answer is important.
posted by Zambrano at 3:15 PM on December 14, 2008

Response by poster: It's a Seiko sarb029.
posted by cazoo at 3:21 PM on December 14, 2008

There are a dozen (perhaps dozens) of places in the Diamond District on 47th between 5th and 6th who will do this kind of work. They're all close together so you can talk to a couple of folks and get different estimates.

I've used the guy at 78 W 47th (a booth on the second floor, on the left side front of the building as you look at it from the front) for batteries and bracelet adjustments (though not on anything particularly expensive) and it's always cost me less than I thought it would and I've never had a problem with his work. (sorry that's kind of non-specific... I think I threw out his card when I moved).

(I also add the caveat that I know almost nothing about watches and about whether you should go to a dealer for the specific brand or not...)
posted by Jahaza at 8:28 PM on December 14, 2008

You could always buy the tool and do it yourself. Then you could change bands at-will.

Remove links
Remove bracelet

You can even do it in a pinch with a small flathead screwdriver, just try not to scratch the lugs.
posted by mr.dan at 4:38 PM on December 15, 2008

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