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I need my 1960's Automatic wind watch repairing ,any ideas on a proper watch repairer in South Yorks .

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I know there's one inside Crystal Peaks atrium and i believe a watch hospital in Meadowhall (or there was) outside that i've no clue i'm afraid.

 

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There's a jewellers opposite Thomas Cook on Middlewood Road which does watch repairs.

 

I've had a couple of watch straps done there so can't really say what they are like repairing watches. I do know that they do their repairs upstairs which is a good sign as many places just change batteries and send off anything more complicated.

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H.L. Brown on Barkers Pool and  Browns on Pinstone Street both do mechanical watch repairs. H.L. Brown does them in house and Browns send them off to a repairer in Leeds. Or at least, that was the situation a year or two ago.

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6 hours ago, Top Cats Hat said:

There's a jewellers opposite Thomas Cook on Middlewood Road which does watch repairs.

 

I've had a couple of watch straps done there so can't really say what they are like repairing watches. I do know that they do their repairs upstairs which is a good sign as many places just change batteries and send off anything more complicated.

I wouldn't  recommend  this place Parkers to anyone from pure experience.

There is or was a place on Attercliffe Road who specialised in old watches, I've  took one or two in the past, sorry I can't  think of the name but I know he was ready for retiring , whether his son took over I don't  know.

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6 hours ago, jaffa1 said:

I wouldn't  recommend  this place Parkers to anyone from pure experience.

There is or was a place on Attercliffe Road who specialised in old watches, I've  took one or two in the past, sorry I can't  think of the name but I know he was ready for retiring , whether his son took over I don't  know.

Was it Dobson's? (although this might be a good few years ago now..)

 

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There are many places that offer watch repairs, like Timpson's, the watch hospital at Meadowhall, and similar places in many shopping malls.  Essentially, if it's anything more than just replacing a watch strap or battery they are not of much use.  In fact, depending on the type of watch you have, they may not be much use even for replacing the battery.  

 

 I took one of my watches in to H. L. Brown in the last couple of weeks actually.  It just needs a new battery.  But they can't do it in house.  It has to go back to the manufacturers, to have it fitted, and the watch will be re-sealed.  It's a Breitling watch - so quite expensive.  And the cost of a new battery is £120 and it will take 4-6 weeks.

 

When I was living and working in Switzerland a few years ago I had a new battery put in it.  They charged me 30 Euro's and it took about half an hour.  So, if you're going to Switzerland anytime then...

 

Sounds like the OP has a potentially valuable watch?  1960's auto.  It's unfortunate that the days of watch repairs being a lifetime's art for some has gone.  If the watch is worth something, and it sounds like it probably is, I'd bite the bullet and take it into a proper jewellers.

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16 hours ago, Jon26 said:

Was it Dobson's? (although this might be a good few years ago now..)

 

Yes that's  the one, he had a very good reputation but I've  heard he's  now retired.

Not many of the old school left.

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I've had good luck with the watch repair service in Atkinson's on The Moor. They do good work, and if it's beyond their expertise they are honest and will tell you.

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The watch repair shop in the new Moor Market say they do not repair watches even though the sign out side clearly states that they are watch repairers .

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For the genuine article regarding watch repairers, for the repair of older mechanical watches and better quality ones there is a real eccentric gentleman in a Dickensian front room in the middle of Bawtry, well worth the trip for cherished older watches. Reasonable charges.

He doesn't  rush mind.

There also a quality watch repairer working from home in Wickersley,

nearer but he could charge for England.

I'll get details for anyone interested.

https://www.google.com/search?q=harold's+watch+repairs+bawtry&oq=watch+repairs+bawtry&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0.12086j0j8&client=tablet-android-samsung&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8#fid=0x487909dbe915b131:0x32d8a11c2e06705c&fpstate=luuv&imagekey=!1e10!2sAF1QipPJAQyt_R5PljWRRRlr6t6k8kiebWETFfcWsOlI&viewerState=ga

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