So my interest in watches was recently piqued, and I remembered that my mom gave this watch to me back when I was in middle school. I think it belonged to my grandfather, but at that time, didn't really care, and I thought it wasn't real. Fast forward to present, I pull the thing out of storage. It had an elastic metal band from Spiegel on it, and it was rather tight on my already small wrist. So I decided to bring it to a local shop and get a new band. To my surprise, the guy said he liked it and he said it was real. On the case, underneath the top strap, it's engraved with 9443 HA.
The watch works fine, time, date and alarm. I remember I accidentally left the alarm on back in 8th grade and it went off like a bomb in the middle of class. Scared my teacher. All I could say that it must be 9 o'clock.
I texted a friend of mine who's into watches and he responded that my watch has a Jaeger Lecoultre movement in it, made between 1971-1976. It would be great if this was actually a birth watch, 1973 for me. Being that it's been in storage for a while, I suppose I should get it serviced. I'm in the Los Angeles area. Where should I start looking for a reputable watch shop that won't charge me an arm and a leg?