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.