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Wristwatch Doc, 534 Knox Abbott Drive: Early 2019   4 comments

Posted at 11:49 pm in closing










Wristwatch Doc used to be in Forest Acres where Marco's Pizza is now, but moved to Knox Abbott in April of 2014.

When the old Oscar de la Renta watch my father gave me in the 1980s started losing time, I took it here and they fixed it pretty quickly. (Well, I think they just replaced the guts, but that's fine with me, I'm a George Washington's Hatchet kind of guy.)

Unfortunately, I dropped it again a few months ago, and it's losing time again. Not sure where I'll take it this time.

Several folks in Have Your Say talking about watch batteries. If I'm in town, I take mine to Roof's on Forest Drive, and have never had a problem.

The wierdest time I ever had replacing a battery was when my watch stopped while I was spending a week working in DC. There's a big mall on the, um, blue, I think, line, Pentagon City or Crystal City, something like that. I metro-ed down to that and found a jeweler who told me: No problem! We'll send it off and have it back to you in two weeks. I asked if anyone had, in fact, ever taken them up on that, and apparently the answer was no.

Looking further there, I found something like the Watch & Sunglasses Hut, which did not inspire confidence, but I was there and didn't have any better options. The guy took the back off easily, and replaced the battery fine. Then he was having a dickens of a time getting the back on again, and I started to worry that he was going to bend it, or break the crystal with all the pounding he was doing. Finally he turns around to his counter and says, I guess I'm going to have to use this thingamajig that puts the puts the backs back on. He puts the watch in it, works a screw and presto: the back is on. I'm like, well, I dunno, but if I had a device for putting the backs of watches on, that might have been my first option..

(Hat tip to commenter badger)

Written by ted on June 11th, 2019

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  1. Apparently they had to close down due to owner health problems, if I remember correctly. Either way, it seems like they were doing pretty good business, though I never would have assumed so many people still wore watches to need to get them repaired.

    April Blake

    13 Jun 19 at 11:15 pm

  2. Oh, that's too bad.

    On the other point -- the people still wearing watches have had them long enough for wear and tear to set in. On the watches too..


    13 Jun 19 at 11:20 pm

  3. Plenty of people still wear watches. They've always been more for fashion than function as clocks are everywhere even before we all had cellphones.


    15 Jun 19 at 11:26 pm

  4. I had my watched repaired here, numerous times. Seemed like nice folks.

    Mr. Bill

    9 Jul 19 at 12:45 pm

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