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    Are all watchmakers total weirdos?

    I have had interactions with four different individuals, in two different cities, who run their own watch repairs shop. I have found all of them to be eccentric, to say the least, but probably more accurately described as anti-social and borderline rude. Is there something about staring at watches all day that makes one unable to interact with the outside world in a friendly/normal manner? Have I just run across the four bad eggs in the watch repair world?
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    Re: Are all watchmakers total weirdos?

    I think there is a certain level of eccentricity based on my experience, but it shouldn't be too much of an ask to find one with a small amount of interpersonal skills.
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    Re: Are all watchmakers total weirdos?

    How long have they been running their own shops? I've noticed the tendency to be "cranky" or "peculiar" increases when a person has been in business for a long time (any business, not just the watch repair business).
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    Re: Are all watchmakers total weirdos?

    I don't think so, I found an excellent watchmaker however at our first meeting he was keen not to waste time on idle chit chat. After a few other meetings and services carried out I found what made him tick, no pun intended. He was an Omega apprentice, when as he would say they produced good quality mvts. Once I got him talking about his favourite watch (JLC) he would discuss them in infinite detail, way above what I could understand. So I suppose it was about building that relationship, remember it is an exacting profession so my advice would be to get to the point quickly when taking in a watch for repair/service.
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    Are all watchmakers total weirdos?

    All the three watchmakers I have been to (in Los Angeles) have been great to talk to and do great work. For some reason, they are also all Armenian.
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    Re: Are all watchmakers total weirdos?

    Dealing with the public after a few years will do it to you.

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    Re: Are all watchmakers total weirdos?

    Mmm, you were just unlucky. I have only had to deal with a watch repair once. I went to Otto Friedl Ltd Home Outstanding customer service, highly recommended.

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    Re: Are all watchmakers total weirdos?

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    Dealing with the public after a few years will do it to you.
    This. I've know quite a few jewelers, and they tend to be quirky and impatient with the general public. The bigger shops will hire salespeople to man the counters and keep the customers happy. Smaller shops run primarily by the owner and technicians are more likely to be short-tempered with inexperienced customers, especially if they're sure they know more than the owner. After the 100th time you hear "But I can get it on Ebay for less!", it's easy to get snippy.

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    Re: Are all watchmakers total weirdos?

    I wouldn't describe those few I have had experience with as "weirdos". However, each certainly "marched to the beat of their own drummer". That often has not been what I was looking for in terms of service.

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    Re: Are all watchmakers total weirdos?

    You don't want them working on your watch listening to 'Sandy Nelson'.
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    I wouldn't describe those few I have had experience with as "weirdos". However, each certainly "marched to the beat of their own drummer". That often has not been what I was looking for in terms of service.

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