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Watch Repairs in Canberra?

By cavvygreen - 12 March 2011 13

Can someone recommend a watch repairer?

I have a lovely old (pure silver face)  Citizen watch languishing in the drawer.

Last quote about 10 years ago was $150 just to look at it.

What’s Your opinion?


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Watch Repairs in Canberra?
tuffs72 4:46 pm 22 Apr 15

Visited AJs yesterday. Fantastic service! The woman there ‘fixed’ my watch in about 2 minutes as it wasn’t really broken, the second hand had just stuck under one of the luminous indication ‘blobs’ as a result of being dropped.
She refused to take any money for this service.
I went there after seeing all the recommendations on this site.
GREAT COMPANY, I will go there again if I ever need to 🙂

EvanJames 1:05 pm 25 Oct 12

I went searching for this topic as I wanted to put in a plug for AJ’s in the Bailey Arcade. We’ve always used them, it’s a several-generation Polish family-owned business. Anyway, almost 2 years ago I bought a very flash Skagen watch in the US. Damn thing was just a smidge tight and tehre were no extra links in the box so I took it to them thinking it’d be a quick and simple job.

It wasn’t! Sourcing a link for this particular watch proved to be a difficult task, but they kept at-it, chasing the Skagen reps as they turned over on a regular basis and are sometimes sketchy about returning calls. But yesterday I got the call, they’d got the link and it was ready! Some adjustments in-store to have it fit my arm and it was good to go. I was expecting a sizeable bill, on account of the many calls, faxes and emails they’d been doing to get that link.

Nope. $10. And, they’d put in a new battery as the watch had sat there for 2 years. Holy dooley. Now that is what I call service

BTW, they have some very interesting watches there which are labelled for kids and teens, by a brand called Cactus. They look a lot like Swatches and vary from $30 to $50. I got one during a visit to check up on my Skagen, and have to say, I like it better than the Skagen! If you’re looking for some fun and interesting watches, check them out.

buzz819 2:34 pm 05 Jun 12

evenflow said :

I didn’t have the best experience with AJ’s. A high quality watch went in for a service, though after I got it back I noticed there were large dust particles on the front face and also on the back (clear backing) of the watch. I requested they get rid of the crap on the front dial, which they did for no charge, though more showed up on the back. For $150, I would have expected slightly higher quality service…

Just quietly, $150 for a service for a “high quality” watch is extremely cheap.

I had an Omega Seamaster that I had serviced, it was the best part of $500, I sent the watch away so about $50 of that would be postage. I sold the watch and still managed to make a tidy profit from it.

evenflow 2:22 pm 05 Jun 12

I didn’t have the best experience with AJ’s. A high quality watch went in for a service, though after I got it back I noticed there were large dust particles on the front face and also on the back (clear backing) of the watch. I requested they get rid of the crap on the front dial, which they did for no charge, though more showed up on the back. For $150, I would have expected slightly higher quality service…

cavvygreen 9:48 pm 20 Mar 11

Thanks so much guys. I had heard of the people in the Bailey Arcade (I go to the hairdresser downstairs) but am so grateful to get all of your recommendations. I will take it in next time I’m due for a haircut.

Pvok 8:34 pm 16 Mar 11

Quality, timely service that is 🙂

Pvok 8:32 pm 16 Mar 11

Another solid vote for AJ’s. Had many dealings with then and they have always provided quality, timely (excuse the poor pun). Picking my new Roamer watch up off them soon and will be the only place I take it to get serviced.

floydwood 11:10 am 15 Mar 11

Little & Son Horologists
112/1 Braybrooke Street
Bruce ACT 2617
(02) 6162 1877

farnarkler 11:00 pm 13 Mar 11

AJs did a great job on my Tissot. I wouldn’t take it elsewhere.

flynnite 6:32 pm 13 Mar 11

The shop at Bailey arcade has been looking after my Longines watch for over 10 years,, ie Batteries.
I was recommended by a larger Jewelry store to have them do the job. Always been very pleased and would not take my watch anywhere else now.

I am sure they would love to work on a real time piece. They have beautiful clocks as well.

terubo 6:40 am 13 Mar 11

AJs is good. Polish family run it. Did my dad’s Rolex.

Kim F 7:47 pm 12 Mar 11

As per the above – very honest appraissal of what is required

BobGrrl 10:59 am 12 Mar 11

There is a great watch repair place in Baileys Arcade in the city. I think it’s called AJs. I’m sure they’re in the yellow pages if you wanted to call for a quote.

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