So, you don't have the knowledge or desire to fix a watch yourself and you need your watch repaired? I would love to accept all jobs that I am offered, however, I usually only offer "Full Restorations". I do this to keep volume of work manageable. Tons of small jobs would overwhelm me in a hurry. If you follow the advice below, and you still can not find an acceptable repair person in your area, please contact me and I will see what I can do for you...So,
Here's some advice on finding someone good to get the job done...
First I would check your local yellowpages for "watch repair" or "Jewelry Repair" and start calling... It might take some time to find the right people that can help you - but it is worth it...
Tell them you are looking for a qualified "WATCHMAKER" in the area - and see what they say. This is really important, because a watchmaker is an expert watch repair person who repairs the article on site. They will provide faster turn around and will be able to answer your questions in person.
NOTE...Most jewelry stores CAN NOT fix watches! Make sure you find out where the watch will be repaired and by who. DONT BELIEVE THEM IF THEY SAY THET CAN HANDLE IT.... they usually just ship it out to a watchmaker and charege you a MARKUP. They may claim they can fix your watch, but they usually are not qualified! If you leave it with a jeweler it will probably cost you extra time and money - so BEWARE.
If you need help locating a watchmaker please go to NAWCC.org for a searchable list of certified watchmakers in your area. For best results just enter your STATE.
As with anything, some watch repair shops cost more than others... I have put together a list of prices that a reasonably priced watchmaker would charge you. These are averages. I have heard of some "high-end" shops quoting $250 to do a service. Also, PLEASE NOTE...RARE or complicated jobs WILL DEFINATELY cost more that what is quoted.