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Automatic Watch Repair
updated: Aug 19, 2014, 3:16 PM

Referral Question: Any recommendations for a watch repair person that specializes in Automatic wrist watches? My husband's automatic winding Omega Seamaster stopped working. He's tried wearing it but no dice. We even bought an watch winder, still it will not restart. We looked into sending it to Omega, but they sold out to Swatch several years ago. All bad reviews about people sending their watches to the factory for repair & maintenance. Thanks

 COMMENT 545951 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 03:36 PM

Bay Watch in La Cumbre Plaza

 

 COMMENT 545957P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 04:01 PM

Pendulum Faire Clock Shop
195 S Patterson Ave Santa Barbara, CA 93111
(805) 692-8888

Did a good job repairing a friend's watch.

 

 COMMENT 545960P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 04:03 PM

I love that guy on Milpas. Shop located just a few doors up from the Chapala Market on Cota and Milpas. (In between the market and Capitol Hardware.) He charges a lot less than most for repairs and replacement batteries.

 

 COMMENT 545968 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 04:23 PM

Baroness Jewelers n the Calle Real strip in Goleta across trom TJ's.

 

 MOUNTAINMAN4865 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 04:26 PM

Second for Pendulum Faire. We've gone to him several times. Extremely knowledgeable and reasonable.

 

 COMMENT 545992P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 05:12 PM

Third for Pendulum Faire. Really nice guy, reasonable and does good work.

 

 COMMENT 545995 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 05:18 PM

I had a bad experience with Bay Watch. Took a watch in for a battery change. He couldn't get the back open and said he would call me when it was ready. A week later I called and was told they would have to send it out, so I took it to Pendulum Faire instead. When I picked the watch up I noticed the back was damaged and was told it came it that way. That was not true. Pendulum Faire opened it on the spot and only charged $9 and change.

 

 REX OF SB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 05:21 PM

Patco Jewelers on East Haley was able to bring my beloved electric 1969 Bulova Accutron back to life after I'd spent many hundreds of $$$ to have it fixed at Posh in Loreto Plaza. It never ran after Posh "fixed" it, but Patco was quickly able to diagnose and correct the problem--and in a cost-efficient manner I didn't think was possible.

 

 COMMENT 546003P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 05:33 PM

With due respect to the local businesses, a good Seamaster deserves a watchmaker trained by Omega with genuine parts for replacing gaskets, etc. While ETA movements are common, some of the other parts likely aren't. Try Churchill's on State Street for a recommendation. In addition, contact a couple of the online repair services that are authorized Omega dealers and turn many cleaning/repairs around. As good or better than factory, and quicker. While you're not dealing with an heirloom, I'd bet your husband wants the job done right so he doesn't have to worry about clouds floating under the crystal. Figure on spending a few hundred $, but that's 1/10 of replacing it and he'll get many more years of pleasure out of a well-maintained classic.

 

 COMMENT 546004P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 05:38 PM

p.s. to 003P: Just remembered: the estimable Ferdinand Geitner at Montecito Clock Gallery on C V Rd. He's a serious Omega guy.

 

 COMMENT 546011 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 05:51 PM

The Jewelry Mart in Old Town Goleta. Has worked on my Rolex watches and Omegas. Work comes with Guarantee but never needed it. Great guys to work with

 

 COMMENT 546021 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 06:18 PM

I've gotten two watches and a couple of pieces of jewelry repaired at Patco Jewelers on Haley St. at Rose. They are great!

 

 COMMENT 546029P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 07:14 PM

The Jewelry Mart in Old Town Goleta has an honest, knowledgeable, fair owner, who repairs watches and jewelry, gives great advice, etc.

 

 COMMENT 546035P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 08:01 PM

Roman at pendulum Faire has repaired my collection of watches: Cartiers, Patek Philippe, Rado, Vacheron, Longines, Rolex, and he does a fantastic job.

 

 COMMENT 546094 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 07:52 AM

The jewelry shop in Loreto Plaza next to Renaud's. He has fixed several classic wind up watches for my husband (including his 1930's Omega). The guy's a bit strange but he knows what he's doing

 

 COMMENT 546098 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 08:03 AM

Wow 035P I am amazed at you repetoire of watches. I have only one old Seiko which was given to me for serving as President of my service Club in 1982. It is still running as long as I change the battery and leather band every six months or so, which I have been doing at the little watch shop next to Sees candy in the LaCumbre Plaza since they opened.

 

 COMMENT 546135P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 09:30 AM

094, you're referring to Posh. We've had nothing but grief from him when it comes to watch repair. It's been our experience that he does NOT know what he's doing.

 

 COMMENT 546187 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 11:21 AM

Original poster here, thanks to everyone for the recommendations . Will try Montecito Clock Gallery 1st, & if unable to fix will go to
Pendulum Faire.

 

 COMMENT 546306 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 04:42 PM

O.P. to 004P, thank you so much for recommending Ferdinand at Montecito Clock Gallery. Wish I knew your name to let him know that you referred me. Dropped off my husband's Omega today. I was so impressed by his knowledge, demeanor, sense of humor, & credentials. Will definitely bring my ladies Seamaster to him for servicing. Thanks again for all your help!

 

 ANEMONEFISH agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 08:11 AM

004P here - very glad it worked out. If you want to keep the "sea" out of your Seamasters, it's a good choice.

 

 MICRODOC agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 08:06 PM

Pendulum Faire:

I've had my Omega Constellation Automatic Chronometer repaired/cleaned/adjusted a couple of times by Pendulam Faire over the past 10+ years and been extremely satisfied. I did have to take it back to him once for a minor time adjustment and he readjusted it at no charge. I've been extremely happy with his service. I refuse to send it to Omega as I've heard several horror stories.

There is a big difference between a regular self wind and a chronometer certified movement. Take that into consideration when making a choice for your repair...

 

 

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