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    oh such is the state of the watch industry these days.
    I live on the outskirts of Vancouver, BC. A fairly medium sized city by any counts.
    I also live really near this place called Metrotown - the second biggest mall in all of Canada.
    You figured there would be someone in there who could demagnetise a watch.

    First place I went to specialised in watch repair and also sells lots of mechanical watches (Seiko5 and Orients). I asked him if he was able to demagnetise a watch. He gave me a blank look and shrugged.
    Went to Time&Co. some pretending to be legit watch selling franchise. Guy said that they didn't do it and didn't know anyone who did. The associate with him looked on blankly.
    Went to SEARS watch dept...there was no one in. Went to the Hudson Bay (a very large department store) and approached the Watch Repair booth. Guy looked at me and said...ermm demagnetised? what?

    There are a few legit watch repair places in the city but I find it sad how watch sellers know so little about service and their product. They are also a bit far to drive (at least 45mins in Vancouver traffic).
    Finally I just bought a $10 demagnetiser off eBay and will just rest my watch till it arrives.
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    Re: Just how hard is it to get a watch demagnetised

    Quote Originally Posted by chuasam View Post
    oh such is the state of the watch industry these days.
    I live on the outskirts of Vancouver, BC. A fairly medium sized city by any counts.
    I also live really near this place called Metrotown - the second biggest mall in all of Canada.
    You figured there would be someone in there who could demagnetise a watch.

    First place I went to specialised in watch repair and also sells lots of mechanical watches (Seiko5 and Orients). I asked him if he was able to demagnetise a watch. He gave me a blank look and shrugged.
    Went to Time&Co. some pretending to be legit watch selling franchise. Guy said that they didn't do it and didn't know anyone who did. The associate with him looked on blankly.
    Went to SEARS watch dept...there was no one in. Went to the Hudson Bay (a very large department store) and approached the Watch Repair booth. Guy looked at me and said...ermm demagnetised? what?

    There are a few legit watch repair places in the city but I find it sad how watch sellers know so little about service and their product. They are also a bit far to drive (at least 45mins in Vancouver traffic).
    Finally I just bought a $10 demagnetiser off eBay and will just rest my watch till it arrives.
    We don't even do watch repair, but we have a degausser in the back. Anyone can use it for free.
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    Re: Just how hard is it to get a watch demagnetised

    A jewelry repair shop should be able to help. Anyone that has used small tools knows the frustration of a screwdriver or pair of tweezers becoming magnetized. I work on watches for fun as a hobby and I have a degausser on my bench that I use all the time.

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    Re: Just how hard is it to get a watch demagnetised

    Quote Originally Posted by Timeless Luxury Watches View Post
    We don't even do watch repair, but we have a degausser in the back. Anyone can use it for free.
    nice :)
    I guess I should try the jewelry shops then :D thanks.
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    Re: Just how hard is it to get a watch demagnetised

    I echo this sentiment as I'm from Vancouver but given the general decline of these artisans I think it's worth the trip to patron the few remaining reliable ones in the city
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    Re: Just how hard is it to get a watch demagnetised

    I hear that if you have one of those OLD CRT monitors around, pressing "degause" button with watch pressed on the screen works. (you are suppose to be able to see if watch is magnetized since if it is the screen will get deformed around the watch..)

    I never tried it, so YMMV, but if you have such monitor around, it can't hurt to try it couple of times to see if it works.
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    Re: Just how hard is it to get a watch demagnetised

    Quote Originally Posted by chuasam View Post
    oh such is the state of the watch industry these days.
    I live on the outskirts of Vancouver, BC. A fairly medium sized city by any counts.
    I also live really near this place called Metrotown - the second biggest mall in all of Canada.
    You figured there would be someone in there who could demagnetise a watch.

    First place I went to specialised in watch repair and also sells lots of mechanical watches (Seiko5 and Orients). I asked him if he was able to demagnetise a watch. He gave me a blank look and shrugged.
    Went to Time&Co. some pretending to be legit watch selling franchise. Guy said that they didn't do it and didn't know anyone who did. The associate with him looked on blankly.
    Went to SEARS watch dept...there was no one in. Went to the Hudson Bay (a very large department store) and approached the Watch Repair booth. Guy looked at me and said...ermm demagnetised? what?

    There are a few legit watch repair places in the city but I find it sad how watch sellers know so little about service and their product. They are also a bit far to drive (at least 45mins in Vancouver traffic).
    Finally I just bought a $10 demagnetiser off eBay and will just rest my watch till it arrives.
    The cash registers in your mall will have anti magnetic scanners to clear the security magnetic strips inside high priced items. Ask the cashier to scan your watch, I'm not kiddin around, it works!
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    Re: Just how hard is it to get a watch demagnetised

    Quote Originally Posted by hpark21 View Post
    I hear that if you have one of those OLD CRT monitors around, pressing "degause" button with watch pressed on the screen works. (you are suppose to be able to see if watch is magnetized since if it is the screen will get deformed around the watch..)

    I never tried it, so YMMV, but if you have such monitor around, it can't hurt to try it couple of times to see if it works.
    I've not seen one of those old style monitors in a long time :(

    Quote Originally Posted by Ring View Post
    The cash registers in your mall will have anti magnetic scanners to clear the security magnetic strips inside high priced items. Ask the cashier to scan your watch, I'm not kiddin around, it works!
    That's a good idea! How to trigger it to work?
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    Re: Just how hard is it to get a watch demagnetised

    Get a watch demagnetizer off eBay or Amazon. They're ridiculously easy to use.



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    Re: Just how hard is it to get a watch demagnetised

    I did! As the last line on my first post. It was just like the one in your video


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