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Expert watches Swiss parts dry up

Murwillumbah watchmaker Mark Plescynski.
Murwillumbah watchmaker Mark Plescynski. John Gass

A MURWILLUMBAH watchmaker was forced to turn away work because Swiss watchmakers have refused to provide parts.

Mark Plescynski did not want to name the companies involved but said several were refusing to provide parts to independent watchmakers and it was a growing trend with Swiss manufacturers.

"I can see the manufacturers' side of it," he said.

"Having worked for Omega, I have seen watches damaged through lack of training. It happens in any industry."

Mr Plescynski worked as a watchmaker for more than 35 year starting for watchmaker Omega and trained in Switzerland.

"Those damaged watches through inexperienced watchmakers are few and far between," he said.

He was concerned that these latest moves by manufacturers would spell the end of independent watchmakers.

"I have probably had to turn away one or two jobs a week at the moment and that is $500 or $600 per job," he said.

"That starts to add up."

He said there was also a cost for the consumer.

"I know a watch will cost about $500-$600 to repair. If that watch goes to the manufacturer it's going to be $1500," he said.

Mr Plescynski was involved with save-the-time.org to ensure the future of the independent watchmakers.

Swiss manufacturer Rolex was unavailable for comment on its policies in distributing spare parts to independent watchmakers.



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