I was at the UPS store where I have an account this afternoon (location: Columbus, Ohio). I had my 6309-7049 with me since it has been losing a lot of time (even though I had it serviced by a watchmaker in Beaumont, TX last month.) Anyway, there is a high-end jeweler with a watchmaker on staff across the street, so I drove over and walked in. There was a nice young lady who greeted me as I walked in and I told her why I was there. She politely asked me to wait while she got someone to help, and I of course agreed but asked her if it would be ok if I waited over by the watch display area, which she said was fine.
I make my way over to the watches and after a very brief interval was accosted by a salesman/manager (I'm not sure which) who asked me why I was there. I explained that I had an older Seiko automatic watch that had recently been serviced but wasn't holding time. He immediately stopped me as soon as he heard Seiko and huffily pronounced "WE DIDN'T SERVICE THAT WATCH!", as though I was asking him to personally service a watch I won at a carnival. I tried to explain, again, what I was looking for - just someone to take a look to see if the watch had actually been serviced back in December (I have my doubts - I think he just regulated it and cleaned the case), but he wasn't having any of it. The next words out of his mouth were "We only sell and service REAL Swiss watches here!". Well, that sure put me in my place (not). He then continued, "Perhaps it's time for a new watch? A REAL SWISS watch?!?" I said, "well, I have lots of watches. Perhaps it's time to find a REAL jewelry store" and walked out.
I had been considering buying a Tudor watch there - they have some nice examples on display. But I sure as hell am not going to give this joint one penny of my business.