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The Artistry of Luxury Watch Repair

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A luxury watch is many things to many men. Purely and simply, it is a status symbol which is one of the best ways of telling a lot about a man. One’s choice of luxury watch will reveal a lot about a person’s style, design tastes and lifestyle and the vast majority of men nowadays are buying luxury watches not just for the considerable cache that is associated with owning such a luxurious item but also because they are fantastic investment and heirlooms and few things hold their value than a high end timepiece from the likes of Rolex, Breitling and Audemars Piguet.

Given that most men will aim to buy a luxury watch for the first time in their twenties or thirties, it is clearly apparent that the watch will have to survive a good many decades more if they intend to pass it on as a family heirloom. One of the most noticeable aspects of today’s luxury watches is the fact that they are so well crafted and resilient that, in most cases, they will last a lifetime without the need for repair but, as with anything in all walks of life, it is impossible to account for the unexpected or for accidents and, should this befall your Rolex or Patek Philipe, then it really is imperative that you seek out a luxury watch repair specialist because, put simply, it is an artform repairing top of the range timepieces and you cannot afford to take risks on an item that will likely have set you back thousands of dollars.

Manhattan Time Service, who are located just off 5th Avenue in New York, are a family run operation who have garnered an iconic reputation in the Big Apple for the quality of their watch repairs. All proceedings in their well-stocked workshop is overseen by their master watch repair specialist, Mitchell Lodowski, who in his decades spent repairing watches, has pretty much seen it all. Perhaps the most impressive and unusual watch to have crossed his path during this time is when ex-US President, Bill Clinton, chose Manhattan Time Service to repair his presidential issue Ritz timepiece when it became damaged and you can see the stellar work they did on it in the image below:
When repairing luxury watches, you’re not given the responsibility of fixing an ex-President’s watch if you’re not considered one of the best in the business and this is exactly what Mitchell Lodowski, alongside his sons, Tom and Peter, are. You can see their story in this video below:

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3 thoughts on “The Artistry of Luxury Watch Repair”

  1. I think that men who are very concerned about the appearances are narcissistic patients needing psychiatric help.

  2. There is something wrong when we have to use things such as a watch as ” one of the most important status symbols for men.” You’re essentially equating status with wealth. If someone is wealthy, they aren’t in need of a watch to define their status in society. For those who lost their homes and jobs because of those with “status” on Wall Street, this statement seems absurd. And what does this mean for the man who can only afford a Timex? What did wearing a Rolex do for Tiger Woods’ status in the eyes of society? Shouldn’t a man’s status come from being a good father and husband and from his contributions to society rather than from things? While I appreciate the craftsmanship of a fine watch, and especially the craftsmanship of those in this article, and while I can easily afford a “luxury” watch, I think I’ll keep wearing my one hundred dollar watch and annonomously give the rest to a good charity.

    1. Status symbols are very expensive objects people buy to impress others. It is a way of telling the world “I have lots of money and am therefore better than nearly everyone else”. It implies a paucity of class and an emptiness of spirit, however, and nothing says “cheeseball” like a status symbol. Not everyone who buys a Vacheron Constantin or Rolex is so afflicted, though. It may simply be that a person has a mountain of disposable income and a penchant for fine watches of incredible quality. In buying these products, they provide jobs for master craftsmen and help preserve their skillsets, so the silver cloud has a golden lining. There is certainly nothing wrong with that, and much that is right.
      And the investment thing? Seriously? “Investment” is often used as a justification for spending a lot of money on whatever. Truth be told, something is a good investment only if it is going to be sold at a profit later on. The buyers of luxury goods seldom intend to do so, so the investment rationale is just hogwash. Besides, if one has the $$$ and wants to buy a $5,000 watch, they don’t need any justification. Just wanting it is reason enough to make a purchase.
      And lets call a spade a spade. Those who lost their jobs and homes in the recent recession did so because millions of others (and sometimes themselves) got greedy or stupid and bought things that were either terrible investments or that they could not even remotely afford.
      The good news is that non-status symbol timepieces are readily available. Fake watches of varying degrees of quality are commonplace. Hey, ‘phony’ is no more shallow or tacky than ‘status symbol’. Better yet, Casio watches are quite affordable, very functional, extremely durable and well made, and will last at least as long as timepieces costing 100 times more.

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