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Vintage Omega watch repair in Raleigh, NC

  1. sat968

    sat968 Aug 12, 2017

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    I recently purchased my first vintage watch, a 1958 Seamaster. Before I put it into regular rotation, I'd like to get a qualified set of eyes on it. Searching the forum, I found references to two watch makers:

    1) Randy Ward at Specialty Watch Repair. Member AWCI.
    2) Jack Alexyon at International Watch Works

    It doesn't seem as either maintain a storefront, and IWW explicitly states drop offs are not allowed. I would prefer to talk to the watch maker face-to-face, but perhaps that's not the norm. Any recommendations on whom to go with?

    Second, does membership or certification by an organization such as AWCI have any relevance to finding someone?I searched on their website, and found these folks below near me. Only one has an AWCI certification and surprisingly he's from a local jewelry store.

    Alberto J. Gallino
    Work: (919) 749-7088-cell
    7023 Epping Forest Dr
    Raleigh, NC 27613

    Zaptime LLC
    Gary P. Zape

    Work: (336) 355-8463
    4441 Six Forks Rd
    Raleigh, NC 27609

    Bailey's Fine Jewelry
    Jeff Murphree, CW21

    AWCI Certifications: CW21
    Work: (919) 829-7337
    415 Daniels St
    Raleigh, NC 27605

    Bailey's Fine Jewelry
    Kyle Johnson

    Work: (919) 829-7337
    415 Daniels St
    Raleigh, NC 27605

    Specialty Watch Repair Llc
    Randolph Ward

    Work: (919) 771-3733
    4308 Woodfield Lake Rd
    Cary, NC 27518

    Herbert W. Hofert, III
    Work: (716) 510-5574
    275 Mediate Dr
    Raleigh, NC 27603
    United States
     
  2. bcoppedge78

    bcoppedge78 Dec 5, 2017

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    Did you find a good place to take your watch? I'm looking in Raleigh. Thx
    Brian
     
  3. watchknut

    watchknut New watch + Instagram + wife = dumbass Dec 5, 2017

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    Brian, shoot me a PM, I am in Raleigh and can help.
     
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  4. jmplogin

    jmplogin Aug 1, 2019

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    I know this thread is a few years old but I’m wondering if there was a recommendation for watch service in the Raleigh area, I have an older Omega Constellation and a Submariner I’d like to have serviced. Thanks
     
  5. watchknut

    watchknut New watch + Instagram + wife = dumbass Aug 1, 2019

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    Try the watchmaker at Wentworth & Sloan in CH or The Watch Dr in Greenville.
     
  6. jmplogin

    jmplogin Aug 1, 2019

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    Ok, thank you!
     
  7. Ritzwatch

    Ritzwatch Aug 2, 2019

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    Well, it's not Raleigh, but not too far away...Sumpters Jewelry near the Charlotte airport does good work, mainly on Rolex.but that guy will work on about anything. He has a pretty quick turn around,too, which is nice. Also, Claudios Watch repair in Waxhaw. Claudio has an Omega account, so can get what parts he needs. He is not quite as quick as Sumpters and can be hard to get in touch with, so he sure you are ok with "radio silence'. on the plus side when he calls you are running right.
     
  8. jmplogin

    jmplogin Aug 3, 2019

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I did find a guy online nearby in Cary called Specialty Watch Repair, LLC. He has good reviews on Yelp and Google by people referencing high end and vintage watches.
     
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